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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
April 18, 2014
 
 
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 of 27 full-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 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.


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Published in the European Economic Review by Professor Bradley Ruffle, "Honest on Mondays" shows that to increase the honest behavior of employees, customers and our children temporally separate the decision task from the outcome. Published in the European Economic Review by Professor Bradley Ruffle, "Honest on Mondays" shows that to increase the honest behavior of employees, customers and our children temporally separate the decision task from the outcome.
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Associate Professor Dr. Tammy Schirle quoted in Huffington Post and Canadian media Associate Professor Dr. Tammy Schirle quoted in Huffington Post and Canadian media
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Graduate and Professional Studies Symposium to take place September 2014
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Economics Assistant Professor Dr. Logan McLeod recently published an article, co-authored with Drs. Brad Humphreys and Jane Ruseski, “Physical “Activity and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Canada” in Health Economics (January 2014) Economics Assistant Professor Dr. Logan McLeod recently published an article, co-authored with Drs. Brad Humphreys and Jane Ruseski, “Physical “Activity and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Canada” in Health Economics (January 2014)
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Article by Economics Associate Professor Dr. Tammy Schirle Published in Canadian Public Policy Journal Article by Economics Associate Professor Dr. Tammy Schirle Published in Canadian Public Policy Journal
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Events...

Economics Council May meeting
(May 7)
SBE Council June meeting
(Jun 6)
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Key Department Contacts

Chair, Department of Economics
Dr. Steffen Ziss ext. 2776
sziss@wlu.ca P3084

Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Ken Jackson ext. 2316
kjackson@wlu.ca P3080

Graduate Program Director (MABE)
Dr. Maria Gallego ext. 2635
mgallego@wlu.ca P3100

MABE Program Assistant & General Student Inquiries
Helen Kaluzny ext. 2720
hkaluzny@wlu.ca P3082

Administrative Inquiries
Jennifer Dilella ext. 2056
jdilella@wlu.ca P3088 

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People at Laurier

Dr. Justin Smith, Economics Justin Smith's current research focuses mainly on explaining the factors that determine student academic outcomes. He has published work that measures the effect of school entry policy on short and long-term student achievement. Other recent work identifies the effect of school principals on student outcomes, whether school quality information shocks affect student mobility between schools, and whether longer exposure to kindergarten improves future achievement. Justin is also working on research that measures the effect of neighbourhood demographics on charitable donations, and the effect of taxes on smoking behaviour.

Dr. Justin Smith
Economics