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The Department of Economics

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Economics at McMaster University!

At the undergraduate level, the Department offers two streams of an Honours BA in Economics (Honours and the Honours Specialist option), a number of combined Honours degrees, as well as a Minor in Economics. At the graduate level we offer both an MA and a PhD in Economics, as well as an MA in Economic Policy. All of our programs permit students to obtain training in economic theory and quantitative methods as well as opportunities to take courses in a wide range of areas of specialization.

I hope you find the information at this site useful and interesting. Please feel free to send me any comments you may have about our website or programs.

Marc-André Letendre, Associate Professor and Chair

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Faculty Experts

The Department has a number of research centres and faculty experts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, experimental economics, health economics, international economics, labour economics, monetary economics, population economics and public economics. Much of their research is applied to policy issues and utilizes advanced quantitative techniques. 

Some of our areas of strength include:

Health Economics

Health economics draws together the ideas and tools of various fields of economics such as econometrics, public finance, labour market economics, and industrial organization. These are combined with sector-specific institutional knowledge to study and contribute policy advice regarding health and health care systems.


Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole, confronting the boom and bust of the business cycle and the determinants of long-term growth and economic development. It addresses the policy choices of governments and central banks and is closely tied with monetary and financial issues. It also overlaps with international economics issues such as exchange rates and trade policy.

Applied Microeconomics

Applied microeconomics takes economic theories and applies them to key questions of individual behaviour and societal outcomes. Drawing on diverse sources of data, it can tackle big questions in areas such as labour markets, taxation and public spending, and industrial organization.


Econometrics uses statistical tools to quantify economic phenomena. It allows us to assess theoretical economic models empirically, turning abstract ideas into useful tools for economic policymaking. As such, it is fundamental to all areas of empirical economics.


Student Society, Alumni, Giving to Economics, and Academic Postings

The McMaster Economics Society (MES)

The McMaster Economics Society at the Department of Economics, McMaster University is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing the experience of all students with a passion for Economics. We aim to provide a platform for Economics students to engage in academic and social settings outside of the classroom.


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As graduates of our various educational programs, you are vital ambassadors for the Department in industry, government and the non-profit sectors.  We want to stay connected with you, and keep you apprised of the activities and successes of the Department and its students, staff, and faculty.

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