Economics has been taught at The University of Melbourne since 1855. Our core teaching and research areas include economics, econometrics and actuarial studies.
We have built an enviable reputation for research excellence, upholding our position as the premier research department in Australia. Our inspiring teachers are regularly called upon to provide expert opinions to business and government in Australia and around the world.
From David Dickson, Head of Department:
"Our central mission is to provide research, teaching and knowledge transfer of the highest international standard. We are proud of our tradition of high-quality teaching and research, and of the calibre of both our students and academic staff."
Who we are
The Department of Economics is one of four departments within the Faculty of Business and Economics. We teach in the areas of economics, econometrics and actuarial studies. We have 49 full-time academic staff, 8 professional staff and a large number of sessional teaching staff.
The Department of Economics is one of Australia's best; with research spanning most branches of economics and econometrics. The Department consistently achieves excellent research outcomes, and has a strong track record in obtaining external research funding. The Department of Economics includes the Centre for Actuarial Studies.
We have three clear aims:
- To be the leading provider of undergraduate and graduate education in the Asia-Pacific region
- To be regarded as one of the top 50 Economics Departments internationally
- To be recognised as the leading Department in Australia for contributions to knowledge on the operation of the Australian economy and economic policy.
At the postgraduate level, economics programs are offered through the Graduate School of Business and Economics.
The Department of Economics offers a world-class Doctoral program involving substantial coursework and research. The Economics doctoral program is the only program of its kind in Australia. Graduates from our program will receive world class instruction, both in terms of coursework and research training.