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UC ranked NZ's most research intensive university

6 September 2016 New Zealand's most research intensive university has generated a record amount of external research funding due to its collaborative strategy. (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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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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‘I want to help people make decisions that shape the world for the better...’

Ben Davies Studying towards a BSc in Economics and Mathematics
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Sir Frank Holmes Prize 2016

Benjamin DaviesCongratulations to Benjamin Davies who has has won this prize which is to encourage top quantitative economics students to further their studies at graduate level. The prize is awarded annually to a top student in his or her final undergraduate year who is intending to study at honours or masters level in economics, including econometrics.
The Motu Research and Education Foundation offers the scholarship to honour the contribution of the late Sir Frank Holmes, an eminent economist, to the development of public policy over many decades.
Selection of the student is based on nominations NZ-wide and the recommendation of the Senior Fellows of Motu Economic and Public Policy research.
Ben Davies was part of the department's STAR programme and he studied first year microeconomics by distance whilst still in Year 13 in Wellington.

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)

UC Connect: 2016 Condliffe Memorial Lecture

Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being was our guest speaker at the 2016 Condliffe Memorial Lecture. Professor Currie explored the topic of "Early Life and the Roots of Economic Inequality" and provided an overview of the literature highlighting the importance of early childhood and the fact that while children are fragile, they are also resilient (read more and watch the lecture online via YouTube)

Economics students help with DoC project

A group of UC’s ECON 390 students have been helping the Department of Conservation (DoC) to investigate Christchurch’s natural assets with a research project based in Godley Head (read more)

Best NZ Economics Dissertation 2016

Michael CallaghanAn honours student in the Department of Economics and Finance in 2015, Michael Callaghan has been awarded the 2016 NZAE prize for the best New Zealand Economics Honours Dissertation. The paper carries the title “Stock market volatility and economic activity”, and Michael has been invited to present this work at the forthcoming 2016 NZAE Congress, to be held in Auckland late this year (29th June to 1st July). The department congratulates Michael on this achievement.

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2015 QS World University Rankings for the Department of Economics and Finance.

The Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Canterbury is ranked in two discipline areas by the QS World University rankings. In the rankings released in April 2015 Finance, together with Accounting, is one of the top 100 university programmes worldwide. Economics, together with Econometrics, is ranked in the top 200 university programmes worldwide.

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)

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