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Health Economics

Health economics draws together the ideas and tools of various fields of economics such as econometrics, public finance, labour market economics, and industrial organization. These are combined with sector-specific institutional knowledge to study and contribute policy advice regarding health and health care systems.


Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole, confronting the boom and bust of the business cycle and the determinants of long-term growth and economic development. It addresses the policy choices of governments and central banks and is closely tied with monetary and financial issues. It also overlaps with international economics issues such as exchange rates and trade policy.

Applied Microeconomics

Applied microeconomics takes economic theories and applies them to key questions of individual behaviour and societal outcomes. Drawing on diverse sources of data, it can tackle big questions in areas such as labour markets, taxation and public spending, and industrial organization.


Econometrics uses statistical tools to quantify economic phenomena. It allows us to assess theoretical economic models empirically, turning abstract ideas into useful tools for economic policymaking. As such, it is fundamental to all areas of empirical economics.

Stephen Gordon: Dog days lie ahead for Canada’s tax-the-rich mentality

The Department of Economics Mike Veall's research cited in a National Post article about top end income concentration.

Dec 07, 2016

Casery Warman (Dalhousie) | Do All-Age Bicycle Helmet Laws Work? Evidence from Canada

Fri, December 2, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, KTH 334, Host: DeCicca

Nov 28, 2016

How does Big Data benefit communities?

Mac Talk Video: Department of Economics Dr. Abigail Payne discusses how data can be used to better understand charities.

Nov 25, 2016

Economist honoured with Distinguished Alumni Award

Two-time McMaster Economics graduate Junsen Zhang will be presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards at this year's Fall Convocation Ceremonies.

Nov 17, 2016

2016 Jack and Kay Graham Memorial Lecture | David Green, Vancouver School of Economics

The Department of Economics and the School of Labour Studies present the 2016 Jack & Kay Graham Memorial Lecture, Nov. 24 & 25, 2016

Nov 16, 2016

McMaster Economist Receives Prestigious Polanyi Prize for Advancements in Research

Today, Dr. Cesar Sosa-Padilla, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University, will be awarded the 2016 Polanyi Prize for discoveries in economics.

Nov 15, 2016

B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The B.A. in Economics program is a three-level program designed to provide a general education, with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to understand the economy. Although it is not intended to prepare students for specific careers, the degree continues to be attractive to a wide range of employers.

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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Economics and Another Subject

Economics can be combined with programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics: Specialist Option

The Department of Economics is modifying its Honours program by introducing a new two-stream structure. Students can work towards a B.A. Honours or a B.A. Honours-Specialist Option. Both the Honours and Honours-Specialist-Option provide a solid grounding in Economics, with minimal but highly specific differentiation between the two streams.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics and Computer Science

This program provides the students with a solid foundation in computer science and exposure to the field of economics thereby opening up major opportunities for economist with a programming background.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics and Mathematics

For the motivated student, the honours economics and mathematics program gives the benefits of two cultures and two distinct modes of thought: an important aspect in developing critical thinking and in today's job market.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelors of Arts in Economics

The B.A. in Honours Economics program is a four-level program that offers the challenge of more advanced work in economics.

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Minor Minor in Economics

Students enrolled in a four- or five-level program in another subject may pursue a minor in economics.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Economics

The Masters of Arts in Economics (MA) is a one-year program that provides a thorough grounding in modern economics, blending both theoretical and empirical methods. Graduates of the program normally pursue one of two career tracks. One track is immediate placement in a position as an economic analyst. Graduates regularly take up positions in a variety of public- and private-sector organizations. A second track is advanced study of economics, usually at the PhD level. Indeed, a fundamental goal of the program is to prepare students for such advanced study of economics. For this reason, the program emphasizes rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, while enabling students to take elective courses in their areas of interest, including fields such as labour economics, health economics, public economics, industrial organization, population economics, monetary economics, international economics, and international finance.

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M.A. Masters in Economic Policy

The Masters of Economic Policy (MAEP) is a one-year program that provides a thorough grounding in modern economics, blending both theoretical and empirical methods.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

The PhD program in economics prepares students to become professional, independent economic researchers applying state-of-the-art methods to analyze economic phenomena.

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