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. Oct. 18, 2018Barriers for consumers of marijuana post-legalization, Professor Sen reports

    Professor Anindya Sen was cited in the Washington Post's article titled, "Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday, but barriers remain for consumers". 

  2. Sep. 7, 2018How do International Students fare in the job market after graduation?

    Professor Mikal Skuterud and PhD student Zong Jia Chen studied the labour market performance of former international students with their Canadian counterparts. Check out the report titled, "Comparing Outcomes: The Relative Job-Market Performance of Former International Students".  

  3. Sep. 1, 2018Which provinces with get cannabis retail sales right?

    Professor Anindya Sen wrote an article titled, "Which provinces will get retail cannabis sales right?" for Policy Options. Sen discusses the different approaches by the different provinces and how provincial retail markets will compete with the black market. 

    This article is part of The Economics of Canadian Cannabis special feature.

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  1. Nov. 2, 2018Masters of Economics Info Session

    The Economics Department will be hosting an information session about the Masters of Economics program at UW. This session will give you a clear picture of what the program is about, where a MA Degree in Economics can take your career and how to apply. A free pizza lunch will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

    Please join us on Friday, November 2 for free pizza and a great opportunity to hear about an exciting education path! If you plan on attending, please RSVP:​

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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