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), Anishinaabe 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. Sep. 21, 2017Professor Ana Ferrer joins the IZA as a Research Fellow

    The Department would like to congratulate Professor Ferrer on becoming a Research Fellow at the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) in July 2017.

    Information on the IZA can be found at: https://www.iza.org/

    Link to Professor Ferrer's work on the IZA site: http://legacy.iza.org/en/webcontent/personnel/photos/index_html?key=6875

  2. Aug. 13, 2017Professor Zara Liaqat featured in Policy Options

    Professor Liaqat's research on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was featured in Policy Options' special trade feature. It discusses the importance of Canada’s continued participation in helping to secure access to important markets.

    The full article can be found here: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/august-2017/tpp-2-0-a-complex-solution-for-challenging-times/

  3. June 29, 2017Minimum Wage Increases Lead To More Unemployed Immigrants

    Professor Anindya Sen reports that steep increases to the minimum wage have a high likelihood of leading to more unemployed immigrants as well as more poverty based on research he conducted with Dr. Kathleen Rybczynski. 

    The full article can be read on The Financial Post website.

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  1. Sep. 28, 20172017 Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economicsfist holding barbed wire in hazy sunset

    Uneven Growth and Social Conflict

    Lecture presented by Professor Debraj Ray, New York University

    Economic growth can be extraordinarily rapid in developing countries. But it is often uneven, leaving whole segments of society behind. Such unevenness can serve to both inspire and frustrate, and so lead to social conflict even as overall economic conditions improve. These issues are crucially important in North America and Europe today.

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