Welcome to Economics

The Department of Economics focuses on research and teaching excellence. Our research encompasses a broad range of topics and faculty members have published in the very best journals in Economics. Our graduate and undergraduate programs cover exciting real-world developments and equip students with contemporary analytic skills. Excellent co-op work opportunities combined with classroom learning are key to our students' outstanding record of success.


The Department of Economics acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Read More.


  1. Dec. 12, 2017Professor Jean-Paul Lam featured in The Globe and Mail

    The Globe and Mail published an op-ed article written by Economics Professor Jean-Paul Lam. Professor Lam discusses factors contributing to persistent low inflation in Canada and suggests that the Bank of Canada needs to rethink its inflation strategy. Read the full article by Professor Lam online. 

  2. Nov. 30, 2017ECON 472 poster sessionProfessor Curtis with students in ECON 472

    On Thursday November 30th, students in ECON 472 presented posters of their term papers. Faculty and students gathered to see what the class had been working on throughout the fall term. Awards were presented to the top 3 poster presentations. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

  3. Nov. 29, 2017Notice of PhD defense: "Three Essays on the Economics of Innovation as Adaptation to Climate Change" by Hongxiu Li

    The Department of Economics congratulates Hongxiu Li on the successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled "Three Essays on the Economics of Innovation as Adaptation to Climate Change". In January 2018, Hongxiu Li will be joining Roy Brouwer's research team at the Water Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Picture of Debraj Ray presenting 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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