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BA (Hons) in Economics

Introduction to the Major in Economics

Economics is the study of how individuals and society, faced with scarce productive resources, choose which goods and services to produce, how, and for whom, and to what extent these issues may be answered in the most efficient way, given available technologies and a particular social organization. To study and offer advice on the discipline, an economist needs special skills:

  • a solid and structured way of thinking
  • the ability to do independent research, as well as to collect and structure material
  • the ability to write concisely and coherently
  • quantitative skills (mathematics and statistics), including the ability to ‘model’ a problem (with or without the use of mathematics).

What You Will Study

Students study economics both at a macro-level (that of a whole economy, and government policies dealing with it) and at a micro-level (that of consumers or investors, a single market or firm, and firm policies dealing with how to maximize profits or minimize losses). Additionally, students can choose to study particular areas of applied economics such as managerial, investment, environmental, real estate, banking, labor, development, defense, insurance, or maritime economics; as well as economic history, international trade, etc. Students study necessary quantitative techniques, like mathematical economics, statistics, and econometrics.

Career/Graduate Study Opportunities

Economics offers strong employment and income prospects, especially at the start and middle of one’s career, as compared to other disciplines. One reason for this advantage is the skills of a trained economist and the flexibility the profession offers. As an economist, an expansive career portfolio is possible, including positions ranging from banking, insurance, and finance, to government, higher education and research, industry, retailing, and real estate. Job flexibility works best in a global context.