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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
October 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 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 Tammy Schirle comments on the universality of child benefits in the Globe and Mail Economics Associate Professor Tammy Schirle comments on the universality of child benefits in the Globe and Mail
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Economics professor appointed to the C.D. Howe Institute's National Council
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	Globe and Mail: Economics professor writes commentary 'Why principals may be the key to your child's success at school' Globe and Mail: Economics professor writes commentary 'Why principals may be the key to your child's success at school'
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Economics Associate Professor Christine Neill discusses recent labour market trends on CBC-KW radio
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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)
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Events...

External Seminar: Dr. Jesse Bull
(Nov 7)
Economics Council November meeting
(Nov 14)
SBE Council November meeting
(Nov 14)
External Seminar: Dr. Katerina Koka
(Nov 21)
External Seminar: Dr. Laura Grigolon
(Nov 28)
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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.caP3080

Graduate Program Director (MABE)
Dr. Maria Gallego ext. 2635
mgallego@wlu.caP3100

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. David Johnson, Economics David Johnson is Professor of Economics at Laurier and Education Policy Scholar at the C.D. Howe Institute. His education research includes analysis of elementary school test scores in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. His 2005 book "Signposts of Success," is a comprehensive analysis of elementary school test scores in Ontario. David is co-author with Olivier Blanchard of Macroeconomics, 6th U.S. Edition as well as its Canadian counterpart; Macroeconomics, 5th Canadian Edition. Co-authoring these two textbooks follows on David's research and teaching interests in macroeconomics - his writing about Canadian fiscal policy, Canada's international debts, the value of the Canadian dollar and inflation targeting.

Dr. David Johnson
Professor,
Economics