Economists provide essential knowledge for today's business leaders and policy makers who must constantly face decisions with economic dimensions. The ups and downs of economic activity, interest rate volatility, budget deficits and surpluses, and the problems of continued economic growth are all at the forefront of public debate. Economists study the tradeoffs between growth and pollution, equity and incentives in the tax system, and the public versus private provision of medical and social services.
Economics provides us with the concepts and technical analysis needed to comprehend such issues. Economics blends theory with application, and students develop both analytic and communication skills in developing their economic intuition. Graduates from Economics are demanded in many fields, including financial analysis, banking, the public sector and administration.
The Department of Economics at Concordia is committed to providing a collegial environment for its students. Classes for Economics Majors are small, even at the introductory level. Tutorial support is provided in key areas for new students. Senior professors participate actively in the undergraduate curriculum. At the upper levels, there is a wide array of applied courses building on economic theory. Statistical and mathematical methods are emphasized, as is the development of analytical and communication skills.
Our programs develop skills and abilities which equip our students to compete effectively in the job market or to proceed to post-graduate programs at leading universities.
Our faculty trains students in all aspects of the discipline, including those seeking a broad background in Economics or a more specialized and deeper training in the subject. Research is an important activity within the Department and our researchers are well represented in leading journals.