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School of Economics

Understanding and shaping the broad framework of our society

Economics is a diverse and fascinating discipline that addresses a range of issues that we face in modern life and plays a central role in shaping our society at every level.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate economics programs consistently rank in the top five for Australia*. We have a long and proud history of research strengths and teaching excellence and are one of the most highly ranked centres for research in economics globally. 

Our academics and researchers are leaders in their fields. Their broad expertise promotes a deep understanding of the key concepts of economics and a focus on contemporary issues.  

Our alumni are highly sought after and have included a former Prime Minister, several NSW premiers, and leaders in the World and Reserve Banks. Our graduates have also held influential positions in the Treasury and other policy departments, international agencies such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), financial institutions and non-government organisations.

Our study offering

Undergraduate courses

The Bachelor of Economics introduces you to a diverse, fascinating discipline that addresses a range of big issues in modern life and plays a central role in shaping the broad framework of society at every level. It provides undergraduate training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics, econometrics and financial economics. 

Majors and minors

Below is a list of our economics majors and minors, available to students in the Bachelor of Economics (except where indicated) and numerous other undergraduate courses - click on the links for further details.

Economic Policy*

*Not available to Bachelor of Economics students

Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Financial Economics


Honours  is an additional year (full time) of study on top of a three-year bachelor’s degree. It provides an opportunity to develop research skills in your undergraduate major by conducting an independent research project and preparing a thesis. An Honours year adds greater depth to your undergraduate studies and is a pathway to postgraduate research courses such as the PhD.

If you have completed your bachelor’s degree with a major in economics at the University of Sydney or another institution, it is possible to undertake Honours through one of the following courses. Your choice of course depends on whether you completed one or two majors in your bachelor’s degree:

One major

Two majors

Undergraduate diploma 

This part-time course allows holders of a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to complete a major or minor in Economic Policy.

Non degree study

Non-degree study allows you to take undergraduate units of study (subjects) without committing to a full award course (e.g., bachelor’s). Successfully completed units may be credited towards a relevant award course at a later date.

Cross-institutional study

It is possible for students enrolled in undergraduate award courses at other higher education institutions to take units of study (subjects) with us for credit towards their course.

Whether you’re an economics graduate or have no background in economics, the Master of Economics will provide you with the skills to apply economic methods and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems in business and government. The duration of the course depends on your background in economics.

If you have a strong background in economics and are looking to receive advanced training or a pathway to higher degree by research study, you may like to consider the Master of Economic Analysis.

If you don't have the time to commit to a master's or prefer to 'test the waters' first, the following graduate diploma and graduate certificate courses provide shorter programs of study in the above areas.

Non award study

Non-award study allows you to take postgraduate units of study (subjects) without committing to a full award course (e.g., master’s or graduate diploma). Successfully completed, units may be credited towards a relevant award course at a later date.

Cross-institutional study

It is possible for students enrolled in postgraduate award courses at other higher education institutions to take units of study (subjects) with us for credit towards their course.

We offer the following higher degree by research (HDR) courses to economics graduates, depending on their academic background and choice of course duration.

Our people

Visiting academics

Soojoong Nam, Kongju National University
Visiting: January-December 

Uttam Sharma, World Bank and Asian Development Bank
Visiting: January - February

Giuseppe Cavaliere, University of Bologna
Expertise: time series econometrics; financial econometrics; statistical inference; empirical macroeconomics
Visiting: January 

Jocelyn Martel, ESSEC Business School
Expertise: corporate restructuring; insolvency; bankruptcy
Visiting: January-February 

Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan
Expertise: the impact of public policies on the labour market
Visiting: January-February

Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan
Expertise: Labour economics; macroeconomics; social policy; behavioural economics; political economy; law and economics
Visiting: January-February

Joeri Smits, Yale University
Expertise: development economics; political economy; applied econometrics
Visiting: November 2019-April 2020

Jennifer Hunt, Rutgers University
Visiting: February-June

Shelly Lundberg, University of California, Santa Barbara

Expertise: Labour economics; economic demography
Visiting: January - March

Richard Startz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Expertise: Econometrics; macroeconomics
Visiting: January - March 

Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan
Expertise: the impact of public policies on the labour market
Visiting: January-February 

Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan
Expertise: Labour economics; macroeconomics; social policy; behavioural economics; political economy; law and economics
Visiting: January-February 

Jocelyn Martel, ESSEC Business School
Expertise: Financial Economics
Visiting: February

John Nachbar, Washington University, St Louis
Expertise: Economic theory
Visiting: February - June 

Kevin Schnepel, Simon Fraser University 
Expertise: Crime economics, labour economics, environmental economics
Visiting: February 

Sholeh Maani, University of Auckland 
Expertise: Economics of labour markets and labour market policy; economics of education; economics of immigration; income distribution; health and housing
Visiting: February - March 

Brian Jacob, University of Michigan
Expertise: Labour economics; program evaluation; economics of education
Visiting: February 

Marco Caliendo, University of Potsdam
Expertise: Evaluation of Labour Market Programs; Job Search and Unemployment Dynamics; Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment, Start-up Subsidies; Personality Traits, Preferences, and Economic Outcomes; Applied Microeconometrics
Visiting: February - March

Simon Burgess, University of Bristol
Expertise: Labour Economics; Inequality; Poverty
Visiting: February-March

Miriam Gensowski, University of Copenhagen
Expertise: Labour economics and economics of education
Visiting: February-April

Rémi Piatek, University of Copenhagen
Expertise: Bayesian econometrics; factor modeling; mixture modeling, and computational econometrics
Visiting: February-April

Thomas Schober, Johannes Kepler University
Expertise: Health economics; applied microeconomics; policy evaluation
Visiting: March-May

Ian Walker, Lancaster University Management School 
Expertise: Applied empirical microeconomics
Visiting: March

Orla Doyle, University College Dublin
Expertise: Economics of human development; health economics; labour economics; political behaviour; early childhood development and education; developmental psychology and methods for evaluating policy interventions
Visiting: May-June

Yibai Yang, University of Macau
Expertise: economic growth; innovation; intellectual property rights; monetary and fiscal policies
Visiting: July 2019

Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
Expertise: Applied microeconomics; economics and psychology; public economics; experimental economics
Visiting: July-August

Daniel Hamermesh, University of Texas, Austin
Expertise: Time use; labour demand; discrimination; academic labour markets; labour economics
Visiting: July - September 2019

Colin Cameron, UC Davis
Expertise: econometric theory for cross-section data
Visiting: July-September 2019

Martin Huber, University of Fribourg
Expertise: Policy/treatment effect evaluation in labour, health and education economics; semi- and nonparametric microeconometric methods for causal inference
Visiting: July - August 2019

Daniel Kamhöfer, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Expertise: Returns to education; formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills; female labor supply; drivers of physical and mental health, and; economic aspects in family planning.
Visiting: August 2019

Nigel McClung, Bank of Finland
Expertise: Macroeconomics; monetary; learning
Visiting: September 2019

Duc Minh Nguyen, Vietnam National University of Agriculture
Visiting: November-December 2019

Benjamin Wong, Monash University
Expertise: applied macroeconomics; time series analysis
Visiting: November 2019

Pablo Andrés Neumeyer, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina
Expertise: macroeconomics; international finance and development
Visiting: December 2019

Craig Riddell, University of British Columbia 
Expertise: Labour economics, labour relations; public policy
Visiting: November 2017 - January 2018 

Mathias Sinning, Australian National University 
Expertise: Labour economics; public economics; policy evaluation
Visiting: January 2018 

Jocelyn Martel, ESSEC Business School, France
Expertise: Corporate restructuring; insolvency; bankruptcy
Visiting: January - Febuary 2018 

Guillaume Frechette, New York University
Expertise: Experimental economics; industrial organization; political economy; public economics
Visiting: February 2018 

Simon Burgess, University of Bristol, IZA
Expertise: Labour economics; inequality; poverty
Visiting: February - March 2018 

Martin Kocher, University of Munich
Expertise: Behavioural and experimental economics
Visiting: February 2018 

Gavin Wood, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 
Expertise: Public policy and urban studies; housing finance; labour economics; homelessness
Visiting: February 2018 

Angus Holford, ISER, University of Essex
Expertise: Evidence-based policy; randomised control trials; peer effects; microeconometrics; family economics; education inequalities
Visiting: April 2018 

Anne Gielen, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Expertise: Labour economics; health economics; applied microeconometrics
Visiting: May - July 2018 

Dominique Lemmermann, University of Erlangen, Nuremberg
Expertise: Development economics; economics of migration; economics of education; labour economics
Visiting: May - June 2018 

Brendan K. Beare, University of California, San Diego
Expertise: Econometric theory; financial econometrics; time series econometrics
Visiting: May - June 2018 

Daniel Tregeagle, University of California, Davis (UC Davis)
Expertise: Agricultural economics; environmental economics; natural resource economics
Visiting: June 2018 

Prabal Roy Chowdhury, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi
Expertise: Game theory; industrial organization; bargaining; development economics; micro-finance; land acquisition
Visiting: June 2018 

Jana Mareckova, University of Konstanz
Expertise: High-dimensional models; regularization methods
Visiting: July - September 2018 

Orla Doyle, University College Dublin 
Expertise: Economics of human development; health economics; early child development and education; methods for evaluating policy interventions
Visiting: July - August 2018 

Christopher Jepsen, University College Dublin 
Expertise: Economics of education; labour economics; demographic economics; public economics
Visiting: June 2018 - January 2019 

Sayeed Unisa, International Institute for Population Sciences
Expertise: Mathematical demography and statistics
Visiting: August 2018

Peer Skov, Auckland University of Technology
Expertise: Public finance; applied micro-econometrics; programme and policy evaluation
Visiting: September 2018

Juliana Silva Goncalves, Queensland  University of Technology
Expertise: Behavioural economics
Visiting: September 2018

Karl Whelan, University College Dublin
Expertise: Applied macroeconomic
Visiting: November 2018

Craig Riddell, University of British Columbia
Expertise: Labour economics; labour relations; public policy
Visiting: October - December 2018


Visit the School's event calendar for a list of our upcoming events. For details about our research seminars and groups, visit our research page.

Previous events and lectures

The Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture Series

The School of Economics was established from 1 January 2011 to serve as the primary institutional vehicle for Economics research and education within the University of Sydney. That year the school inaugurated an annual public lecture series – the Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture – devoted to the economic analysis of public policy issues. It commemorates Warren Pat Hogan (1929–2009), Professor of Economics in the University of Sydney, 1968–1998.

The Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture is alternatively hosted by the University of Sydney and UTS. 


Dr Kerry Schott AO
Chair of the Australian Energy Board and Director of NBN

Watch the lecture: Economic policy amid disruption 

  • 2019
  • Hon Chris Bowen MP
    Shadow Minister for Health

Listen now: Economics and Modern Issues: Climate Change and Health

  • 2018
    The Hon John Winston Howard OM AC
    Former Prime Minister of Australia

  • 2017
    Dr Guy Debelle
    Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

  • 2016
    Ms Annabel Spring (BEc Hons '92, LLB Hons '94)
    Group Executive Wealth Management, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • 2015
    Dr Martin Parkinson
    Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Commonwealth of Australia

  • 2014
    Mr Hugh Harley (BEc Hons '84, LLB Hons '86)
    Financial Services Leader, Price Waterhouse Coopers

  • 2013
    Dr John Laker (BEc Hons ’72)
    Chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

  • 2012
    Charles Calomiris
    Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia University Graduate School of Business

  • 2011
    Mr Glenn Stevens (BEc Hons ’80)
    Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
*2021 QS World University Rankings for Economics & Econometrics

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