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 typically includes over 60 students enrolled in the PhD, Master's and Master's in Economics and 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 24 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; and Labour Economics.

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. Kanhaya Gupta - Professor Emeritus

    Kanhaya Gupta, 1935-2014

  2. Economics Students awarded Summer Internships

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

  4. 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.

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  1. Economics Micro Seminar: Amrita Ray Chaudhuri (University of Winnipeg)

    October 03

    03:30 - 05:00 PM

    Acquisitions by multinationals and trade liberalization

  2. Economics Micro Seminar: Kim Huynh (Bank of Canada)

    October 06

    03:30 - 05:00 PM

    Industry Shutdown Rates and Permanent Layoffs: Evidence from Firm-Worker Matched Data with Yuri Ostrovsky, Robert Petrunia, and Marcel C. Voia

  3. Economics Micro Seminar: Vidya Atal (Montclair State University)

    October 10

    03:30 - 05:00 PM

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