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School of Economics

Understanding and shaping the broad framework of our society

Economics is a diverse and fascinating discipline that addresses a range of issues that we face in modern life and plays a central role in shaping our society at every level.

We have a long and proud history of research strengths and teaching excellence and are one of the most highly ranked centres for research in economics globally. 

Our academics and researchers are leaders in their fields. Their broad expertise promotes a deep understanding of the key concepts of economics and a focus on contemporary issues.  

Our alumni are highly sought after and have included a former Prime Minister, several NSW premiers, and leaders in the World and Reserve Banks. Our graduates have also held influential positions in the Treasury and other policy departments, international agencies such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), financial institutions and non-government organisations.

Our study offering

Undergraduate degrees

The Bachelor of Economics introduces you to a diverse, fascinating discipline that addresses a range of big issues in modern life and plays a central role in shaping the broad framework of society at every level. It provides undergraduate training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics. 

Majors and minors

Below is a list of our economics majors and minors. These are available to all students studying the Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Agricultural and Resource Economics


Economic Policy*

*Not available to Bachelor of Economics students


Financial Economics

We offer three postgraduate master’s degrees. If you don’t have a background in economics or you’re a new economics graduate, our Master of Economics will provide you with the skills to apply economic methods and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems in business and government.

The dual degree, Master of Economics (with Fudan University), will allow you to graduate with two master’s degrees from two prestigious international universities. Designed for students who wish to engage in international business partnerships with China and take advantage of growing business opportunities in the region, this dual degree equips you with advanced analytical and quantitative skills in economics.

If you have a strong background in economics and are looking to receive advanced training or a pathway to higher degree study, you may like to consider our Master of Economic Analysis.

In addition, we have the following graduate diplomas and graduate certificates on offer.

Tom Williamson

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Economics (Honours) graduate
“My time at Sydney gave me an outstanding grounding to step into the world with confidence and passion. Learning from outstanding professors, lecturers and peers was an enjoyable experience that opened my eyes to the possibilities of economics and strongly shaped the way I think today.”

Research expertise

Our people

Please visit our academic profiles online for a full list of academic staff in the School.

Visiting academics

John Nachbar, Washington University, St Louis
Expertise: Economic theory
Visiting: January - June 2019

Shelly Lundberg, University of California, Santa Barbara
Expertise: Labour economics; economic demography
Visiting: January - March 2019

Richard Startz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Expertise: Econometrics; macroeconomics
Visiting: January - March 2019

Sholeh Maani, University of Auckland 
Expertise: Economics of labour markets and labour market policy; economics of education; economics of immigration; income distribution; health and housing
Visiting: February - March 2019

Brian Jacobs, University of Michigan
Expertise: Labour economics; program evaluation; economics of education
Visiting: February 2019

Daniel Hamermesh, University of Texas, Austin
Expertise: Time use; labour demand; discrimination; academic labour markets; labour economics
Visiting: July - September 2019

Martin Huber, University of Fribourg
Expertise: Policy/treatment effect evaluation in labor, health, and education economics, semi- and nonparametric microeconometric methods for causal inference
Visiting: July - August 2019

Jeffrey Sheen, Macquarie University
Expertise: Macroeconomics; international economics; labour; finance
Visiting: July 2019 - January 2020

Craig Riddell, University of British Columbia 
Expertise: Labour economics, labour relations; public policy
Visiting: November 2017 - January 2018 

Mathias Sinning, Australian National University 
Expertise: Labour economics; public economics; policy evaluation
Visiting: January 2018 

Jocelyn Martel, ESSEC Business School, France
Expertise: Corporate restructuring; insolvency; bankruptcy
Visiting: January - Febuary 2018 

Guillaume Frechette, New York University
Expertise: Experimental economics; industrial organization; political economy; public economics
Visiting: February 2018 

Simon Burgess, University of Bristol, IZA
Expertise: Labour economics; inequality; poverty
Visiting: February - March 2018 

Martin Kocher, University of Munich
Expertise: Behavioural and experimental economics
Visiting: February 2018 

Gavin Wood, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 
Expertise: Public policy and urban studies; housing finance; labour economics; homelessness
Visiting: February 2018 

Angus Holford, ISER, University of Essex
Expertise: Evidence-based policy; randomised control trials; peer effects; microeconometrics; family economics; education inequalities
Visiting: April 2018 

Anne Gielen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Expertise: Labour economics; health economics; applied microeconometrics
Visiting: May - July 2018 

Dominique Lemmermann, University of Erlangen, Nuremberg
Expertise: Development economics; economics of migration; economics of education; labour economics
Visiting: May - June 2018 

Brendan K. Beare, University of California, San Diego
Expertise: Econometric theory; financial econometrics; time series econometrics
Visiting: May - June 2018 

Daniel Tregeagle, University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
Expertise: Agricultural economics; environmental economics; natural resource economics
Visiting: June 2018 

Prabal Roy Chowdhury, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi
Expertise: Game theory; industrial organization; bargaining; development economics; micro-finance; land acquisition
Visiting: June 2018 

Jana Mareckova, University of Konstanz
Expertise: High-dimensional models; regularization methods
Visiting: July - September 2018 

Orla Doyle, University College Dublin 
Expertise: Economics of human development; health economics; early child development and education; methods for evaluating policy interventions
Visiting: July - August 2018 

Christopher Jepsen, University College Dublin 
Expertise: Economics of education; labour economics; demographic economics; public economics
Visiting: June 2018 - January 2019 

Sayeed Unisa, International Institute for Population Sciences
Expertise: Mathematical demography and statistics
Visiting: August 2018

Peer Skov, Auckland University of Technology
Expertise: Public finance; applied micro-econometrics; programme and policy evaluation
Visiting: September 2018

Juliana Silva Goncalves, Queensland  University of Technology
Expertise: Behavioural economics
Visiting: September 2018

Karl Whelan, University College Dublin
Expertise: Applied macroeconomic
Visiting: November 2018

Craig Riddell, University of British Columbia
Expertise: Labour economics; labour relations; public policy
Visiting: October - December 2018


Visit the What's On calendar for a list of our upcoming events. For details about our research seminars and groups, visit our research page.

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School of Economics

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