Department

Economics

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Exploring the well-being of societies

Economics is part of your life everyday, through the politics you're involved in, the education you're taught, the environment you live in, the healthcare you receive and the costs you pay to live.

At Essex, you explore the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms and the policies of governments, to understand how the world works.

We're 4th in the UK for research power (REF 2021), so you will be learning alongside academics who are breaking new ground in all fields of economics, and pioneering new solutions to global issues. We are 1st in the UK for Value-Added for Economics in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and 18th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023).

We're also home to staff and students from all over the world who want to think, learn and achieve together. So, if you're ingenious, industrious and independent, welcome home.

Our courses

Why
choose us?

We are 1st in the UK for Value-Added for Economics in the Guardian University Guide 2024
87% of our economics undergraduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (THE research power measure, REF 2021)
Ranked 18th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023)
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Insights for Change

The Centre for Behavioural Science allows us to build on that established expertise and expand the possibilities for collaboration. Our centre brings together over a hundred researchers, making an impact across our three faculties of science and health, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

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Contact us
Department of Economics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872728