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Economics

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Economics
What will a post COVID-19 world look like? Can you predict when the economy will recover?

How will we adapt to overcome the challenges posed by pandemic uncertainty? Economics isn’t optional to study right now: it’s vital to our future well-being in a post COVID-19 world. The skills you learn at Essex will be in high demand from employers in the coming years.

At Essex we have a unique strength in public policy measures to stimulate and manage the economy, including the behavioural techniques to get messages across. You could combine study of health economics with public economics and development economics to get a broad view of how one can respond to a threat such as COVID-19, balancing home and global needs.

Impatient to find solutions? Economic recovery is probably one the most pressing and urgent challenges right now and studying an economics degree gives you the unique tools to take on this challenge, find a solution, and improve well-being.

Why study here?
  • We are 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked 18th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022)
  • Top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017)

Looking to start in 2023?

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Chat with Nifemi, a BSc Economics Student

Fancy discovering what student life at Essex is like? Want to learn more about the department? Why not talk to Nifemi, a 3rd year student studying in the Department of Economics

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Economics is concerned with the material wellbeing of human societies.

It examines the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms, and the policies of governments. Economics at Essex is a home for determined and inquisitive students who like to ask difficult questions, break intellectual boundaries and create new solutions to issues of global concern.

Why study here?
  • We are 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked 18th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by subject (2022).
  • We work closely with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the UK Data Archive, giving you access to the latest research materials, datasets, archives and resources.
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Camila's story

"I’m the first in my family to study abroad, and the first to get a higher education too. My parents are very, very proud. They miss me, but they understand that it’s for a bigger purpose. I chose Essex because of my line of research. I plan to get a PhD after this, and the person who will probably be my supervisor is someone I always wanted to work with."

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Located at the heart of an internationally recognised social science network, you receive advanced research training, expert supervision to support progression through the programme and top quality research facilities.

We know you need access to computers and a quiet place to work so we guarantee office space for you in our PhD Research Centre.Our staff have expertise in areas such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and applied economics.

Expert supervision

Although the list below is not exhaustive, it gives you an insight into the wide range of applied and theoretical topics we offer expert supervision on. 

  • microeconomics
  • macroeconomics
  • industrial organisation
  • econometrics
  • economic history
  • economic theory
Why study here?
  • We are 4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (Times Higher Education research power measure, Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • Ranked in the top 200 for Economics and Econometrics in the QS World University Rankings by subject (2022).
  • We work closely with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the UK Data Archive, giving you access to the latest research materials, datasets, archives and resources.
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Enrico's story

"Since I was very young, I always had an interest in music and art going against the rich – trying to understand the dynamics and so on. Then I read a book that convinced me that inequality was a very important problem for Economics. I think that Essex is one of the best places if you have the ambition to tackle inequality and to provide some evidence to policy makers."

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