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. Jan. 5, 2018Bank of Canada's Governor's Challenge resultsTeam photo

    Congratulations to our Economics team who participated in the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge.  In November 2017, the team presented their recommendations for Canadian monetary policy to a panel of judges. Coached by Professor Jean Paul Lam, the team did a great job of summarizing current key issues in monetary policy. We are proud of our team! Team members from left to right are George Liu, Quinlan Lee, Galen Wray, Evan Sauve and Viktor Seregelyi.

  2. Dec. 21, 2017Professor Jean-Paul Lam comments on the risk of cryptocurrency investing

    In articles published in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post and National Post, Professor Jean-Paul Lam comments on the risks associated with cryptocurrency investing. You can read both The Globe and Mail and Financial Post articles online.

  3. Dec. 20, 2017Notice of PhD defence: The labour market integration of immigrants and their role on innovation

    The Department of Economics congratulates Jue Zhang on the successful defence of her PhD thesis entitled "The labour market integration of immigrants and their role on innovation".

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Picture of Debraj Ray presenting 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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