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Economics

Studying Economics will help you develop the analytical skills needed to be an effective problem solver of real-life issues. You'll learn how to apply your skills to issues ranging from employment and housing, to public health, transport and environmental pollution.

Economics

Studying Economics will help you see the world in a different light; and understand how to apply this new perspective to help resolve issues in our society. You'll learn how to help people, governments and businesses make better decisions about using natural and financial resources to meet different goals.

Economists contribute to government decision-making on many different issues, such as shaping new laws and taxes, or advising on international trade agreements. They can also be involved in recommending incentives and penalties geared towards changing people's behaviour, such as encouraging people to leave their car at home.

You'll learn how to explain the reasons for different market structures, analyse the implications of government policy, anticipate how people might react to price changes, and demonstrate the gains from trade.

If you're passionate about business, current affairs, finance or maths then economics may be a good fit for you. Economics brings together ideas from many different areas: politics, psychology, sociology, geography, law and statistics.

Be taught by New Zealand's leading economists

When you study Economics at Waikato, you're learning in a department that's ranked first for economics research in New Zealand (PBRF), with nine of New Zealand's top economists teaching classes (RePEc).

While studying at Waikato, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends, such as through the Economics Discussion Group. This is a student-led group that gets together regularly to discuss economic issues.

Qualifications

If you wish to take Economics as your 1st Major subject, you'll need to enrol for either the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, or the Bachelor of Arts, or the Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Otherwise you can normally take it as a 2nd Major (8 papers) or Minor subject (4 papers) for any other bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise through postgraduate research, take a look at our Master of Management Studies in Economics.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Economics by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2019. It's also ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business and Management Studies.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Policy analyst / adviser
  • Government economist (eg. Treasury)
  • Management consultant
  • Research economist
  • Economics teacher / lecturer
  • International trade advisor

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy20A (Hamilton), 20A (Secondary School - Unistart), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
ECONS102Economics and Society20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
ECONS203Economics and Strategic Interaction20B (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to provide an introduction to strategic thinking and analysis through the basic techniques of game theory, and to illustrate the range of its applications to almost all fields of social science via a wide array of example applications.
ECONS204Economics of Land, Water and Environment20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20G (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS301Economic Growth and Wellbeing20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the main macroeconomic models. There is analysis of the design and impact of macroeconomic policy, including implication for economic growth and wellbeing.
ECONS302Microeconomics and Business Economics20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper formally develops the economic theory of business and consumption decisions.
ECONS303Applied Quantitative Research Methods20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper provides essential quantitative skills for analysing empirical data, evaluating causal effects of actual or proposed interventions and predicting economic and financial outcomes. It will also help to prepare students for graduate studies in economics.
ECONS304International Economics Issues20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour.
ECONS305Entrepreneurial Discovery and Innovation20A (Hamilton)
This paper explains how to find business opportunities, explore innovative new markets, appraise opportunities and manage risk. In economics, entrepreneurship combines with land, labour, capital and natural resources to produce profit. Innovation and risk-taking are essential to a country's ability to succeed in a dynamic and incre...
ECONS306Economics and Strategic Interaction20B (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to provide an introduction to strategic thinking and analysis through the basic techniques of game theory, and to illustrate the range of its applications to almost all fields of social science via a wide array of example applications.
ECONS307Economics of Land, Water and Environment20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
WSAFE396Management Internship20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (Tauranga)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSAFE399Report of an Investigation20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga), 20C (Hamilton) & 20C (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS501Macroeconomic Analysis20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers selected aspects of macroeconomic theory, policy and evidence. Most of the topics are centred directly or indirectly on a stylised production function. They include economic growth, business cycles, employment, inflation, price-setting behaviour, macroeconomic policy and the development of macroeconomic analysis.
ECONS506Economics for Business20A (Hamilton) & 20G (Hamilton)
An advanced analysis of the economics of business from production through processing to markets and the consumer.
ECONS507Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics20A (Hamilton) & 20G (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a thorough grounding in the applied quantitative techniques required for professional practice in business, finance and economics. The main emphasis is on recognising which techniques are appropriate for particular types of problems, using the techniques and interpreting the results.
ECONS520Microeconomic Analysis - Theory20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the application of microeconomic analysis. It includes consumer theory, risk and information economics, the economics of production and costs, the theory of the firm and of markets, and general equilibrium theory.
ECONS524Topics in Economic Policy Analysis20A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in the economics of policy analysis.
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
ECONS529Microeconometrics20B (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to provide students with skills in microeconometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of empirical analyses using either cross-sectional or panel data on individuals, households or firms. Topics covered include: Maximum Likelihood Estimation: Instrumental Variables and Generalised Metho...
ECONS533Topics in Trade and Development20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on selected topics in trade and development. These will include aspects of trade policy and evidence in the world economy and current issues in development microeconomics.
ECONS543Applied Econometrics20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
ECONS552Global Trade Modelling20A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies general equilibrium modelling, particularly to international trade issues. Students will have the opportunity to use real-world data and a sophisticated global model in their assignments.
ECONS590Directed Study20X (Hamilton)
Selected topics may be available. Please discuss these with the Graduate Convenor.
ECONS591Economics Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS592Economics Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ECONS593Economics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ECONS594Economics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in management studies. It will develop skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS800Economics MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS900Economics PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

Scholarships and prizes

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Economics as a 1st Major (Bachelor's degree)

Economics as a 2nd Major or Minor (Bachelor's degree)

Graduate qualifications

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Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.