Department of Economics
What is economics?
"Economics is the study of people in the ordinary business of life"
(Alfred Marshall, Principles of economics: An introductory volume, 1890)
Economics is not only about money. In fact, it's firstly about people and how they respond to incentives. Almost every issue in society can be viewed from an economic perspective and economics is behind much of what happens in current affairs - from tax cuts to car prices, hospital waiting lists to airfares to international diplomacy. Far from graphs and theories, economics is about the real world.
What do economists do?
Economists are key players in decision-making. Their analytical skills help people, businesses and governments make the best choices with their scarce resources.
Why should you study economics?
There are lots of jobs available for economics graduates, usually as policy analysts, market analysts, business analysts, and so on. Employers also value economics skills from those who do not have an economics major.
Furthermore, since economics touches almost every aspect of daily life, if you understand economics you'll be able to look at the world in a different light and make better business and other decisions.
But don't just take our word for it. Our first-year students have made videos telling you why you should study economics.
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THIS WEEK :: Friday 24 May 2013 in MSB4.02 at 12noon - Dr Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow, MOTU
"Contracting for credible climate mitigation"
Meeting any acceptable global greenhouse concentration target is possible only if most developing countries make real reductions soon but most developing countries do not yet have the resources or political will to move rapidly to a low carbon pathway so the transition will almost certainly have to involve significant funding from richer countries. Contracts or agreements must offer a high probability of real gain to both buyer (developed) and seller (developing) countries to induce a credible commitment from both sides. Come along and hear Dr Suzi Kerr speak on this interesting topic.
Friday, 31 May 2013 in MSB1.03 at 12noon - Dr Trent Smith, Senior Lecturer, University of Otago
"The US Obesity Epidemic: New evidence from the Economic Security Index"
Friday, 7 June 2013 in MSB4.02 at 12noon - Mr Steve McEwan, Lecturer, University of Canterbury
Topic to be advised
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