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Welcome to the undergraduate Economics website for prospective and current students. On these pages, you will find information about our programs and courses, as well as other useful resources and links. Read more...

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Bank of Canada Competition Announcement

The Bank of Canada has announced it will hold its second Governor's Challenge this year. Last year, the St. George Team won their division and competed in the National finals in Ottawa. Prof. Michelle Alexopoulos and Prof. Martin Burda have agreed to coach this year's team from the St. George campus. Attached you will find the description of the competition , with additional information available at http://www.bankofcanada.ca/research/governors-challenge/

St. George students interested in participating in the competition should send an e-mail to malex@chass.utoronto.ca with the subject "Bank of Canada Competition".  In the e-mail, interested parties should give a brief statement as to why they are interested in participating in the competition and attached a pdf version of their recent transcript. To be eligible, the student's primary affiliation must be on the St. George campus.

New Courses 2016-17

Updated Course Description for ECO334H1 :

In this course, we will develop tools to analyze voters and the role of information in democracies. We will evaluate theories of voter information using empirical literature on media and the political economy of media. We will explore the effects of innovations in information technology and evaluate how the empirical results square with the theory. We will study newspapers, radio, television, cable, the Internet and social media, and focus on empirical methods used to identify effects of media on voters.

ECO351H1F & ECO351H1S: Applied Regression Analysis and Empirical Papers
- Special Topics in Economics

This course focuses on how multiple regression can be used to answer causal questions.  Students will learn the implications of, and how to interpret, different model specifications and identification strategies.  Students will read, critically evaluate and replicate existing research, and conduct their own original analyses. Statistical software STATA or R will be used.  
Prerequisites:  ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; 

ECO422H1S Economics, Biology, and Genetics
- Special Topics in Economics

This course explores topics at the intersection of economics, biology, and genetics. Sample topics include the evolution of economic preferences; the nature and nurture of economic behavior and outcomes; the discovery of specific genetic variants associated with various economic traits; and the policy implications (or lack thereof) of related findings. No previous background in biology or genetics is required.
Prerequisites:  ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; 
ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/(STA220H1,STA255H1)/(STA257H1,STA261H1) or permission of instructor.
Recommended preparation:  ECO374H1/ECO375H1

ECO341H1    The economic history of the 20th century: Trade, migration, money, and finance before 1945 (Formerly ECO342Y1)[24L/12T]
Tailored to advanced students in Economics, Commerce, International Relations and History. The focus is on growth and fluctuations in Europe and North America between roughly 1870 and 1939, with a particular emphasis on international trade and payments, migration, investment, and monetary arrangements.
Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1/(ECO230Y1, POL208Y1)
Exclusion: ECO342Y1

ECO342H1    Twentieth Century Economic History: Institutions, Growth and Inequality (Formerly ECO342Y1)[24L/12T]
Tailored to advanced students in Economics, Commerce, International Relations and History. The focus is on institutions, growth and inequality in countries across the world.
Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1/(ECO230Y1, POL208Y1)
Exclusion: ECO342Y1

Returning courses 2016-17:

ECO331H1    Behavioural and Experimental Economics [24L/12T]
Ample empirical and experimental evidence suggests significant departures from classical assumptions of economic behaviour. For example, humans are neither always perfectly rational nor always self interested. This course describes systematic ways in which behaviour deviates from neoclassical assumptions, generating new, and hopefully more realistic behavioural assumptions that have broad empirical, theoretical and policy implications.
Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1, ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/(STA220H1,STA255H1)/(STA257H1,STA261H1)

ECO332H1    Economics of the Family[24L/24T]
A use of microeconomics to study the behaviour of the family, including marriage, divorce, intra-family allocations, investment in children and gender roles.
Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/(STA220H1,STA255H1)/(STA257H1,STA261H1)

ECO338H1    Economics of Careers[24L/12T]
The economic analysis of careers from the perspectives of both workers and employers: How do people decide what to study, what careers to pursue, and when to change jobs? How do these decisions interact with the structure of firms? The impact of specialization and the division of labor on the evolution of careers is considered, as are the role of cognitive and communication skills in the labor market.
Prerequisite: ECO200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1; ECO220Y1/ECO227Y1/(STA220H1,STA255H1)/(STA257H1,STA261H1)

Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge

Congratulations to our Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge team: they competed in the finals and did an excellent job representing themselves and the University of Toronto! Teams from across Canada developed a monetary policy recommendation for the Bank of Canada's governing council. Over 100 undergraduates from 22 universities took part in the competition and just five teams made it to the finals. For more information on the results of the challenge, see: this link.

Back row: Professor Michelle Alexopoulos (coach), Governor Stephen Poloz, Trevor Zhou, and Elijah Zi Huang; Front row: Stephanie Kang, Jerry Xiao Lu, Zachary Bunting and Laura Murphy.

The 2014 - 2015 Economics Scholarship goes to...

Awards Reception 2015 ...