Economics examines ways to understand what happens in markets, the performance of national economies and approaches for analysing and interpreting data.
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Our academics are active collaborators in multi-partner centres which bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines and industries.
Economics Research Centres
Centre for Actuarial Studies
The Centre for Actuarial Studies is designed for students who wish to enter the actuarial profession, providing students with a solid grounding in actuarial techniques. It has an international reputation for research, and attracts a strong cohort of students and researchers.
Centre for Market Design
The Centre for Market Design supports policy innovation by applying economic design techniques to public policy, procurement and resource allocation problems, with particular expertise in mechanism design, auction theory, matching markets, experimental economics, and structural econometrics.
Other Areas of Collaborative Research
Bayesian Analysis and Modeling Research Group
The Bayesian Analysis and Modeling Research Group aims to support and enhance research opportunities for its members through a range...
Econometrics Research Unit
The Econometrics Research Unit brings together academic staff and research students to focus on the development, evaluation and application of...
Economic Theory and Experiments Unit
Jointly operated by the Department of Economics and the Melbourne Business School the Economic Theory and Experiments Unit promotes research...
Experimental Economics Laboratory
The Experimental Economics Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that promotes the use of experimental methods in economics research and policy-making....
Macroeconomics Research Unit
The Macroeconomics Research Unit focuses on the development of macroeconomic theory, macroeconometrics and macroeconomic policy....
Trade and Development Research Unit
The Trade and Development Research Unit focuses on the economic issues facing the countries in the Asia-Pacific region and broader...
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The Department of Economics teaches into a number of specialist areas, to cater for the diverse interests of our students and researchers.
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Economics has been taught at The University of Melbourne since 1855.
The Department of Economics has several dedicated research units attracting local and overseas academics, and continually pushes the boundaries of knowledge in the fields of economics and econometrics.
Economics provides skills in problem solving for business and government. It examines ways to understand what happens in markets, the performance of national economies and approaches for analysing and interpreting data. Ultimately, economics facilitates better decision making about the myriad of problems you will confront in the commercial world or in government.