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Chair

PROF. ETTORE DAMIANO

Associate chair, undergraduate affairs

PROF. GILLIAN HAMILTON

Undergraduate administrator

MS. SALLY WONG

Undergraduate commerce administrator

MS. JENNY FAN

Undergraduate assistant

MS. DEBORAH NAVARRO

 

Message from the Associate Chair

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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The Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge

The Governor's Challenge is a competition for undergraduate university students which, by putting students in the role of advisor to the Bank of Canada's governing council, promotes understanding of the role of monetary policy in Canada's economy. Having analyzed economic developments, the team must form a forecast and make recommendations on whether to adjust the key interest rate. This year has seen more than 100 students from 25 Canadian universities entering the competition.

Our team – the top five students from the new course ECO466 "Empirical Macroenomics and Policy" – has been selected, following a presentation made via video conferencing, to participate in the final. That takes place at the Bank of Canada's headquarters in Ottawa on February 10, 2018. Only five teams are selected for the national final – this is the third year of the challenge and the third time U of T has been in the final. So we are firmly of the mind that this opportunity will be third time lucky!

Our talented students, all in their fourth year:
  • Tacye Hong – Financial Economics Specialist
  • Vibhu Kapoor – Economics Specialist and Statistics Minor
  • Anthony Piruzza – Financial Economics Specialist
  • Matthew Schwartzman – Economics Specialist and Mathematics Major
  • Stephen Tino – Financial Economics Specialist

Previously, preparation for the competition was purely an extracurricular activity for our students. The new ECO466 course puts the Governor's Challenge front and centre; in addition to individual tasks, students are divided into groups and work towards a Group Report, and at the conclusion of the course, five students from the top two groups are selected to participate in the challenge. Course instructors (and team coaches!) are Professors Michelle Alexopoulos and Martin Burda, supported by TA Paul Han (who was himself a team member last year). Read more...