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. July 20, 2018Professor Roy Brouwer gives keynote at UN Sustainable Development Goals forum

    Executive director of the Water Institute Roy Brouwer, professor in Waterloo’s Department of Economics, was invited to be a part of a panel discussion during the 2018 session of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York City on July 13. 

  2. July 16, 2018Professor Joel Blit talks AI and the future of work

    Professor Joel Blit was an invited speaker at the OECD Global Forum on Productivity where he discussed artificial intelligence and the future of work. 

  3. June 22, 2018Faculty members comment on low-cost flying

    Low-cost flying - expert advisory

    With the addition of WestJet Swoop, Canada’s low-cost air travel market is getting bigger.

    The University of Waterloo has experts available to speak to the likely impact this will have on travel and the viability of the ultra-low-cost carrier business model in Canada.

    Robert Kerton – Former president of the American Council on Consumer Interests

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Picture of Debraj Ray presenting 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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