Welcome to Economics at Laurier
We are the department of Economics in the faculty of the School and Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The department consists of 28 full-time faculty members in a variety of fields.
Laurier economics graduates have won admission to top graduate schools in North America and Europe. Others enjoy very successful careers with major corporations and financial institutions, as well as organizations in the public sector.
Laurier's Department of Economics is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research within a smaller-sized university with a strong sense of community. The Department offers undergraduate programs leading to an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics or Applied Economics, as well as Master of Arts (MA) program in Business Economics. Both the undergraduate Honours Economics program and the Master's in Business Economics program offer a Co-operative Education option. Our location within a School of Business and Economics enables us to offer interdisciplinary programs which combine a traditional education in economics with the acquisition of skills in accounting, or administration, or financial management.
Key Department Contacts
Chair, Department of Economics
Assistant Chair, Department of Economics
Undergraduate Program Director
Graduate Program Director (MABE)
MABE Program Assistant & General Student Inquiries
People at Laurier
Maria Gallego joined the Department of Economics in 1995 after having taught at Concordia University and the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Dr. Gallego’s research focuses mainly in studying issues related to governance, political economy, and bargaining. She has worked on leadership accountability in dictatorships and in parliamentary democracies examining how the strategic interactions between political and economic agents determine policy outcomes. Her work on modelling and testing party positions in elections led to several publications and to a book with Dr. Norman Schofield (Leadership or Chaos, Springer, 2011). She developed bargaining theories for political economy environments then applied them to study intergovernmental negotiations. After running the Political Economy of Bargaining workshop in April 2008, she became the main guest editor of a special issue on the Political Economy of Elections and Bargaining (Social Choice and Welfare, 2011). She served as program chair of the annual meeting of the Canadian Public Economic Group (CPEG 2012). Since July 2011, she has been the graduate director of the Master of Arts in Business Economics (MABE). In recent years, Dr. Gallego has taught Introduction to Microeconomics (EC120), Game Theory and Economics (EC325) and Advanced Microeconomic Theory (EC470). She has been the coordinator of the Research Paper and Seminar Course (EC681) in the MABE program where students write their major research paper (MRP) and has supervised the MRP of several MABE students.
Dr. Maria Gallego