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.

For more information about the Waikato Management School; prospectuses available, enrolment, info packs and papers offered click here.


Upcoming Seminar Speakers

Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 1.00pm in MSB0.01 - Dr John Wilson, University of South Australia

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 at 1.00pm in MSB0.01 - Dr Yong C Shin, University of York

Friday, 23 May 2014 at 1.00pm in MSB1.03 - Dr John Spraggon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Recently Held Seminars 

11 April 2014 at 1.00pm in MSB1.03 - Dr Solomos Solomou, University of Cambridge, UK

"Can general purpose technology theory explain economic growth?  Electrical power as a case study" 

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9 April 2014 at 5.45pm in MSB1.05

Prof Nick Hanley, University of Stirling, UK

"The Economics of Biodiversity"    Click for more details


For abstracts and other details on previous Seminars, see our Seminar Series page.



Come along to the Waikato Management School and talk to us about ECONOMICS and where a degree majoring in economics can take you!!   See you at Open Day!

Thinking about the cost of study?

Check out the Scholarships currently available!


Assoc Prof Steven Tucker

Director, WEEL


Conference/Meeting Links:

24th NZESG 2014


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