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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
February 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence

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 of28full-time faculty members in a variety of fields.

Economics is a social science, one of several disciplines that study people and society. A knowledge of economics is essential to the understanding of many key issues and challenges we face such as environmental protection, the impact of globalization, the effects of technological change on incomes and jobs, and health care reform. Economics provides students with a framework to explore such issues logically and creatively, using a blend of theory and application. The study of economics develops problem-solving ability and analytical and quantitative skills which employers value highly. A degree in economics is a gateway to a range of careers in the private and public sectors.

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.

Our Mission

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 HonoursBachelor 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.

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Economics Associate Professor Dr. Bradley Ruffle recently published "The Impact of Including, Adding, and Subtracting a Tax on Demand" in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (February 2015)
(Headline - Feb 06)
Economics Chair Dr. Steffen Ziss comments on the falling Canadian dollar and your travel plans
(News - Feb 04)
Laurier Economics professor Tammy Schirle comments on the need for First Nations labour market statistics in the Globe and Mail
(News - Jan 23)
Economics professor Christine Neill comments on Waterloo Region's labour market
(Headline - Jan 17)
Economics professor Bradley Ruffle speaks to CBC K-W morning radio about how Target's closure is good news for investors
(Headline - Jan 16)
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Economics Council March meeting
(Mar 6)
External Seminar: Dr. Kory Kroft
(Mar 6)
External Seminar: Dr. Abigail Payne
(Mar 13)
External Seminar: Dr. Tanjim Hossain
(Mar 20)
External Seminar: Dr. Neil Buckley
(Mar 27)
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Key Department Contacts

Chair, Department of Economics
Dr. Steffen Ziss ext. 2776 P3084

Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Ken Jackson ext. 2316

Graduate Program Director (MABE)
Dr. Maria Gallego ext. 2635

MABE Program Assistant & General Student Inquiries
Helen Kaluzny ext. 2720 P3082

Administrative Inquiries
Jennifer Dilella ext. 2056 P3088


People at Laurier

Dr. Ken Jackson, Economics Ken Jackson started at Laurier in 2008, after completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on economic development, and in particular on institutional change and the interaction between formal governance institutions and cultural norms including trust and ethnic identity. One area of recent research has been on identifying the links between ethnic diversity and local government effectiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa. His teaching has included EC120 (Introduction to Microeconomics), EC470 (Advanced Microeconomic Theory) and EC307 (Economics of Growth) along with courses in the Human Security field in the MIPP program. In July 2013, Dr. Jackson became the Undergraduate Program Director in Economics.

Dr. Ken Jackson