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. Feb. 9, 2018Professor Larry Smith named Director of the Problem LabLarry Smith

    Economics professor Larry Smith will spearhead Canada's first problem lab designed to help students with the first steps of entrepreneurship by helping them understand a significant problem. 

  2. Feb. 6, 2018Professor Teferi Mergo named fellow of global research networkHeadshot of Teferi Mergo

    Teferi Mergo, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and at St. Paul's, was appointed a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). GLO is a non-partisan, independent organization that serves as an international network and virtual platform for researchers and policy makers.

  3. Feb. 5, 2018Faculty and PhD holiday eventProfessor Chaussé, Professor Forand, and Professor Parker

    Faculty and PhD students gathered to celebrate the holidays before the winter break. As it turns out, our department's talented economists are also talented musicians. Attendees enjoyed lively performances by Professor Insley, Professor Forand, Professor Parker, Professor Chaussé and Professor Rybczynski. 

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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