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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
October 4, 2015
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 of 28 full-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 Honours Bachelor 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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Laurier Economics professor Bradley Ruffle co-authors study on the relationship between beauty and employment Laurier Economics professor Bradley Ruffle co-authors study on the relationship between beauty and employment
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Laurier Economics professor Logan McLeod comments on universal pharmacare
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LCERPA launches the "Think Like a Canadian Economist" video series
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“Are Good-Looking People More Employable?” asks Associate Professor Dr. Bradley Ruffle in a recently published article in Management Science (August 2015)
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Dr. Brian McCaig publishes (co-authored with Dr. Nina Pavcnik) Dr. Brian McCaig publishes (co-authored with Dr. Nina Pavcnik) "Informal Employment in a Growing and Globalizing Low-Income Country" in the American Economic Review (May 2015)
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Key Department Contacts

Chair, Department of Economics
Dr. Steffen Ziss ext. 2776 P3084

Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Ken Jackson ext. 2316 P3080

Graduate Program Director (MABE)
Dr. Azim Essaji ext. 2561 P3048

MABE Program Assistant & General Student Inquiries
Helen Kaluzny ext. 2720 P3082

Administrative Inquiries
Jennifer Dilella ext. 2056 P3088 


People at Laurier

Jennifer Dilella, Economics Jennifer Dilella is the Economics Department's Senior Administrative Assistant to the Chair of Economics. Jennifer assists with the daily operations of the Economics Department, working with all aspects of the full-time and part-time Collective Agreements to ensure procedures are followed and deadlines are maintained. Prior to joining the Economics Department, Jennifer was the Administrative Assistant for Finance in the Business Department and she has also worked in limited term positions in Laurier's Career Services and Psychology Departments. Before coming to Laurier, Jennifer was a tour consultant for a large wholesale travel company in Toronto.

Jennifer Dilella
Sr. Administrative Assistant,