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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
July 7, 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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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. Azim Essaji ext. 2561 P3048

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

Administrative Inquiries
Jennifer Dilella ext. 2056 P3088


People at Laurier

Dr. Paul Maxim, Economics Professor Paul Maxim joined Laurier in 2006. His current areas of interest are labour, population economics, and research methods. Most recently, Prof. Maxim's research focus has been on the determinants of self-employment, and the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities into Canadian society. He has also done considerable research into human capital development, income and the labour force participation of Canadian Aboriginal people. He is currently extending that focus to include ethnic minorities in China. Dr. Maxim has taught EC236 (Economics and Demography), EC306 (Economics of Wages and Employment), EC381 (Economic Research Methodology) at the undergraduate level, and IP 602 (Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation) in the Masters in International Public Policy program in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Dr. Paul Maxim