Many of the great issues societies face require trade-offs between conflicting objectives. This is the essence of Economics. Economics is central to the social sciences. The study of Economics will give you a broad but thorough appreciation of modern economics. The emphasis is on developing your competence in economic analysis and applying this to real-world issues.

Areas of study

Stage I courses deal with the broad areas of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is about decision-making by individual consumers and firms, and how resources are priced and allocated through markets. Macroeconomics ideals with outcomes for an economy as a whole, such as employment and exchange rates. Both microeconomics and macroeconomics are concerned with how government policies and market outcomes interact. 

The study of Economics complements Philosophy, Sociology, Political Studies, History, Geography, Law and Employment Relations and Organisation Studies.

You can study Economics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will get a broad but thorough appreciation of the economic functioning of modern societies. The emphasis is on developing your competence in economic analysis, gaining an understanding of economic principles and applying them to real-world issues. As you progress you will be able to pursue your own interests in more specialised aspects of the subject.

Career opportunities

Economics can give you a strong platform for your future career. You could work in industry, central or local government, international business, the financial sector, journalism or teaching. You might be a trade negotiator for New Zealand at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva or in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in Wellington; an adviser for a leading NGO (non-governmental organisation); an economics expert in a management consulting firm; or a policy analyst for The New Zealand Treasury.

More information

For more information see the Business School website: Why study Economics?.