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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
July 25, 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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Economics Associate Professor Tammy Schirle discusses the proposed Ontario Pension Plan on Business News Network (BNN) Economics Associate Professor Tammy Schirle discusses the proposed Ontario Pension Plan on Business News Network (BNN)
(Headline - Jul 14)
Laurier professor Tammy Schirle comments in The Globe and Mail on designing Ontario's public pension plan
(Headline - Jul 11)
Economics Associate Professor Dr. Tracy Snoddon appointed Associate Director of The Viessmann European Research Centre
(News - Jul 02)
Economics Associate Professor Dr. Tracy Snoddon recently published an article, co-authored with Mary Kelly and Norma Nielson, "Aging Population and Driver Licensing: A Policy Perspective" in Canadian Public Policy (March 2014) Economics Associate Professor Dr. Tracy Snoddon recently published an article, co-authored with Mary Kelly and Norma Nielson, "Aging Population and Driver Licensing: A Policy Perspective" in Canadian Public Policy (March 2014)
(Headline - Jun 02)
Laurier professors Christine Neill and Tammy Schirle featured in CTV special report on Canadian middle class income
(Headline - May 01)
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Events...

SBE Council September meeting
(Sep 3)
Economics Council September meeting
(Sep 12)
Economics Council November meeting
(Nov 14)
SBE Council November meeting
(Nov 14)
SBE Council January meeting
(Jan 9)
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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. Maria Gallego, Economics 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
Economics