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. 22, 2018Professor Jean-Paul Lam on recent BoC interest rate hikes

    In articles published in the Globe and Mail and Financial Post, Professor Jean-Paul Lam says recent interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada won't necessarily result in a reduction of spending and household debt.

  2. Jan. 9, 2018New graduate course on Water Resource Economics Professor Roy Brouwer with students at

    In the 2017 fall term, the Department of Economics offered graduate and undergraduate students a new elective course on Water Resource Economics.

  3. 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.

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Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Picture of Debraj Ray presenting 2017 Distinguished Lecture in Economics

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