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30 March 2015 A new UC initiative will see UC students work with New Zealand business leaders to change the lives of struggling communities in Nepal, Morocco and Brazil. (read article)

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The New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory (NZEEL) at the University of Canterbury is the home of cutting edge experimental research and teaching in social science.

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Economics and Finance Society of Canterbury

EFSoC is a student-run club that assists economics and finance students with a wide range of facilities, services and events including a range of tutorials closer to final exams.

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Condliffe Memorial Lecture

The Condliffe Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2005 to honour John Bell Condliffe, who became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921. The Lecture series brings leading economists to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to the broader business and policy community. Read more

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ATEC 2014

The School of Economics and Finance hosted the 19th Annual Australasian Teaching Economics Conference, on 7&8 July 2014 at the University of Canterbury. Papers were be presented on a variety of topics covering economics education, financial literacy education, and teaching practice. Read more

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Economics honours graduate receives Fulbright award

Congratulations to James Graham, who graduated with a BCom and BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Canterbury in 2010. James has been awarded a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award to do his Ph.D at New York University.

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Enrol now for 2015

Get your enrolment at UC sorted and enjoy the summer! The College of Business and Law is holding open door drop-in sessions for degree and course advice during February. If you are considering coming to UC this year or are a returning student, come along to talk to us about your study options for 2015 (check out the open door dates and times)

UC Economics students enter GODZone race

Two University of Canterbury students hope their economics knowledge gives them the edge when they compete in the GODZone, New Zealand’s pre-eminent adventure race around Wanaka, starting on 28 February. Multi-sports events are very strategic and Tim Farrant and Elisha Nuttall, both studying economics and finance at UC, will apply their economics expertise, such as trade-offs, constrained optimisation and game theory in their bid to succeed (read more)

Saving for Super

A University of Canterbury research project is exploring decisions people make regarding their KiwiSaver superannuation scheme, in what is arguably the most important financial decision of their lives. Dr Kuntal Das, a Canterbury economics and finance lecturer, and Dr Christina Atanasova, a visiting Erskine Fellow from Simon Fraser University in Canada, are analysing the asset allocation decisions being made by people who invest in KiwiSaver. The Erskine fellowship programme was established in 1963 following a generous bequest by distinguished former student John Erskine (read more)

CFA Institute University Recognition Program

The University of Canterbury Bachelor of Commerce major in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

People should be paid for donating organs

A University of Canterbury study suggests people should be paid for donating organs to address New Zealand’s issue with one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the developed world. While the donation rate has stagnated over the last decade the need for transplant organs continues to increase with the majority of the waitlist is made up of people in need of a donor kidney. Postgraduate economics and finance student researcher Elizabeth Prasad says kidney disease is a significant problem for the New Zealand healthcare system, in large part due to the rapidly increasing incidence of diabetes (read more)

Which Economics degree pathway is right for you?

Interested in an Economics degree? Check out the different pathways designed to appeal to different types of students including the new Business Economics major.  Economics pathways for 2015 (PDF, 110KB)

Master of Applied Finance and Economics

Looking to extend your studies in Economics and Finance? The Master of Applied Finance and Economics (MAFE) is a coursework-based masters degree that combines traditional postgraduate training in finance and economics with intensive, hands-on applications of tools and techniques relevant to the business, financial, banking, and public sectors (read more)

New course in Personal Finance (FINC 101)

Starting in Semester Two 2015 is a new course in Personal Finance. The course aims to increase your financial literacy and to motivate personal financial planning. You will hear from several practitioners discussing various topics from handling debt to deciding about insurance. You will also have an opportunity to set your own personal financial goals. These are excellent life-long skills for anyone and FINC 101 is a great foundation for anyone looking to study Finance or as an elective course (read more)

Link between inequality and teen births studied

In his honours research, economics and finance postgraduate student Nathan Chappell investigated the role of inequality in causing teen birth rates in the 66 territorial authorities within New Zealand (read more)