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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
May 24, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Welcome to Economics at Laurier

We are the department of Economics in the faculty of the School and Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. The department consists of28full-time faculty members in a variety of fields.

Economics is a social science, one of several disciplines that study people and society. A knowledge of economics is essential to the understanding of many key issues and challenges we face such as environmental protection, the impact of globalization, the effects of technological change on incomes and jobs, and health care reform. Economics provides students with a framework to explore such issues logically and creatively, using a blend of theory and application. The study of economics develops problem-solving ability and analytical and quantitative skills which employers value highly. A degree in economics is a gateway to a range of careers in the private and public sectors.

Laurier economics graduates have won admission to top graduate schools in North America and Europe. Others enjoy very successful careers with major corporations and financial institutions, as well as organizations in the public sector.

Our Mission

Laurier's Department of Economics is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research within a smaller-sized university with a strong sense of community. The Department offers undergraduate programs leading to an HonoursBachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics or Applied Economics, as well as Master of Arts (MA) program in Business Economics. Both the undergraduate Honours Economics program and the Master's in Business Economics program offer a Co-operative Education option. Our location within a School of Business and Economics enables us to offer interdisciplinary programs which combine a traditional education in economics with the acquisition of skills in accounting, or administration, or financial management.


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Lazaridis School economist Tracy Snoddon discusses Ottawa's inevitable role in carbon pricing
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Dr. Tracy Snoddon Associate Professor of Economics & Associate Director, Viessmann European Research Centre and Maxine LeBreton MABE student interview Dr. Jeffry Frieden, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics 2015 Economist-in-Residence
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Lazaridis School of Business and Economics students compete in final round of Bank of Canada competition
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Key Department Contacts

Chair, Department of Economics
Dr. Steffen Ziss ext. 2776
sziss@wlu.ca P3084

Assistant Chair, Department of Economics
Dr. Logan McLeod ext. 4556
lmcleod@wlu.ca P3096

Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Ken Jackson ext. 2316
kjackson@wlu.caP3080

Graduate Program Director (MABE)
Dr. Azim Essaji ext. 2561
aessaji@wlu.ca P3048

MABE Program Assistant & General Student Inquiries
Helen Kaluzny ext. 2720
hkaluzny@wlu.ca P3082

Administrative Inquiries
Jennifer Dilella ext. 2056
jdilella@wlu.ca P3088

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People at Laurier

Dr. Tammy Schirle, Economics Tammy Schirle joined the Department of Economics in 2006 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Schirle's research areas are labour economics and public policy, with interests in applied microeconometrics and the economics of aging, gender, and family. Her research has focussed on the labour market activity of older workers, senior poverty, the labour market activities of secondary earners in a family, and the effect of business cycles on family structure. Dr. Schirle has taught courses in the undergraduate program, including Public Economics (EC313), Labour Economics (EC306), and Economics and Gender (EC310X). She has also taught in the MIPP program (IP602 Tools for Policy Analysis).

Dr. Tammy Schirle
Associate Professor,
Economics