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UC alumni represent NZ at Rio Olympics 2016

11 August 2016 The University of Canterbury is proud to be associated with the New Zealand Olympic team, with 14 past or present students competing in the Rio Games. (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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CFA Examinations and Scholarships

Are you sitting your CFA Level 1 exams in December this year?  Don’t miss your opportunity to receive discounted exam registration and a waived CFA Program enrolment fee (if applicable).  In each (US) academic year the Department of Economics and Finance can nominate 5 students for the Awareness Scholarships to take the CFA Level 1 exam in either December or June the following year.
Those who plan to take the CFA Level 1 exam in Dec 2016 and would like to apply for a scholarship should email Huong Dang ( a one-page cover letter and the CV by 12 p.m. Monday 22 August.  The cover letter should address the following two questions:

  • How well have you prepared for the exam? You may include a specific study plan.
  • How would the scholarship and the exam help you achieve your professional goals?

Those who wish to take the exam in June 2017 should not apply in this round. Scholarships for June 2017 will be advertised in December 2016.

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In addition to the CFA Program Awareness Scholarships, the CFA have introduced their new Womens Scholarship Program.  This program is available to women around the world seeking to earn the CFA charter.  The Women’s Scholarship Program was developed to offer additional opportunities to women in support of the CFA Institute Women in Investment Management initiative, which is focused on improving investor outcomes by encouraging diversity in the investment management profession globally. This new program will offer a limited number of CFA Program scholarships for the upcoming December 2016/June 2017 exams. Additional details, including the application can be found on the CFA website at

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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Students seeking to sign up to be notified of economics experiments taking place this semester can register HERE.

Standing on the Shoulders of Midgets: Dominant Firms and Innovation Incentives

The Department of Economics and Finance hosted Luís Cabral, Paganelli-Bull Professor of Economics and International Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business in December. Professor Cabral’s research focuses on the dynamics of firm competition, from both antitrust and strategic perspectives. In this guest lecture he discussed his innovation model featuring asymmetry between large and small firms, technology transfer by acquisition, and the process of gradual innovation (watch his lecture online and read more)

CFAI Investment Research Challenge success

A team of finance students from the University of Canterbury assumed the role of research analysts and, in applying their investment analysis and advisory skills, took second place (tied with Auckland University) in the 2015 Chartered Finance Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. The UC Bachelor of Commerce major in Finance is part of 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.

New Zealand Association of Economists announce new council member

Dr Andrea Menclova, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and Finance, has been appointed to the council of the New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE). Members of the NZAE typically have a degree in economics or commerce and in the normal course of work use the tools of economic analysis as teachers, investigators or advisors on economic matters (read more)

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)

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)

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