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Economics

Financial crisis. Unemployment. Immigration. Global competition.

Economics
You want to understand the rationale behind decision-making.
You are willing to ask difficult questions to break intellectual boundaries. You want to apply your knowledge to issues of global concern. At Essex we examine how economics touches every part of your life through the choices you make, the society you live in, and the policies adopted by governments. We focus on globally relevant research areas, giving you the knowledge, understanding and conviction for a career as an economist. 

 

Why study here?
  • Top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014). 
  • We give you diverse employment potential and the chance to meet future employers.
  • Top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017)
Harry Hoang in the Ivor Crewe Lecture building
Harry's story

"Economics allows you to think about things in a very unique way and you can’t get away from it. If you read the news, turn on your smart phone, look at social media, there’s always something about economics and it is the thing that always dominates the news. So to be able to read that and understand it, gives you a unique perspective on the world."

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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
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?
  • Top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).
  • 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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THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
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?
  • Top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).
  • 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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