About Us

The Department of Economics at the University of Alberta was established in 1964; a result of the split of the Department of Political Economy into the departments of Political Science and Economics.  In 1964 the total enrollment in Economics courses was 1,233.  Currently, we have over 8,000 undergraduate students enrolled in our courses.  Our graduate program is routinely occupied by over 90 students enrolled in the MA, PhD and Econ Finance programs.

The roots of the word 'Economics' originate with the Greek words “oikos” (household) and “nomos” (rules or laws). Greek philosophers such as Aristotle and Xenophon first observed the economic behavior of estates, which were the economic unit of analysis much like factories and firms are in today's economy. From the interactions of these units emerged systematic patterns of behavior that appeared to be laws or norms of behavior. Economics is a social science that attempts to explain such phenomena through the use of mathematical, logical, historical and philosophical analysis.

The Department is home to approximately 27 full-time faculty whose research activities cover a broad spectrum of topics, including: Resource Economics; Environmental Economics; Public Finance; International and Financial Market Economics; Applied Macroeconomics; Industrial Organization; Labour Economics; and Sports and Gaming Economics, just to name a few.

We invite you to visit the pages on this site for further information on our faculty, graduate programs, course offerings and research.

Alumni - if you would like us to keep in touch, please send your updated contact information to:  brenda.carrier@ualberta.ca


  1. West, Eckert and He Awarded Elsevier Prize for Most Innovative Paper

  2. Junaid Jahangir Wins Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Junaid bin Jahangir on being selected as a recipient of the 2014 William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award provides recognition of Dr. Jahangir's contributions to teaching excellence by colleagues and especially by students, past and present.

  3. Department Gathers to Celebrate and Reflect

    Department staff, alumni and friends gathered on a sunny Saturday in April for one more round of "top ten".

  4. Junaid Jahangir Receives a 2014 Faculty of Arts Contract Instructor Teaching Award

    Department Chair, Douglas West, is pleased to announce that Junaid Jahangir has been selected as a recipient of the Faculty of Arts, Contract Instructor Teaching Award for 2013-14.

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  1. tentative Business Economics Seminar

    September 05

    03:00 - 05:00 PM

    details tba

  2. Economics Micro Seminar: Michel Serafinelli (University of Toronto)

    October 17

    03:30 - 05:00 PM

    "Labor Mobility, Local Productivity and Innovation"

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