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Submitted by Erin Booker on Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:09pm

What is economics?

Scarce resources. The flow of goods and services. Individual and collective behaviours and interactions. 

Economics is the study of how economic activity is organized when land, labour, capital—even things like clean air and water—are scarce.

We train our students to be able to see, understand, and analyze economic forces in action—in short, to think like economists.

Why study economics?

Economics graduates are intellectually powerful. The intellectual development and capabilities of economics graduates are valued by employers—they're able to think logically and abstractly, communicate effectively, and understand the operation of markets and the logic of optimal decision making.

In Canada, economics graduates usually find work as financial consultants, sales representatives, insurance brokers, financial managers, banking, credit, and investment managers, economists, researchers, consultants, financial analysts, and securities agents.

Where could an economics degree take you? We asked our graduating class of 2017 what they're up to—here's what they've told us.

A unique place to study

Our community is dynamic and energetic and our faculty set us apart, winning teaching and research awards, publishing in the very top journals in the field, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies, and serving on prominent editorial boards, including the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and Canadian Public Policy.

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