About us

Welcome to the Department of Economics and Related Studies.

"As one of the largest economics departments in the UK we offer a great diversity of research expertise and research-led teaching. Our academic community of staff, students and visitors is both intellectually vibrant and international in perspective.

Our academic faculty are drawn from across the world and are research leaders in their fields. Since our Department was founded in 1963 we have made pioneering contributions in areas such as public economics, health economics, experimental economics, economic theory, economic history and econometrics. Our research is published in leading journals, funded by prestigious and highly competitive research bodies, and has a significant and identifiable impact on wider society both in the UK and internationally.

We aim to challenge and to excite our students about Economics - a core social science discipline that demands intellectual rigour, but in return offers important practical insights into the real world around us - so preparing the next generation of Economics graduates for achievement across a broad range of careers. In addition to developing key general skills of critical analysis and evaluation, our degree programmes offer a solid grounding in economic theory and quantitative methods, emphasising the value and interpretation of empirical evidence and historical context.

Our University is a place of excellence in which to work and learn, and our Department continually strives to nurture an ethos of collaboration, community and mutual respect among our faculty and students. We are ambitious for the achievements of all our students and colleagues within an academic environment that is both supportive and collegiate.

We hope our webpages will tell you all that you need to know about us but please feel free to contact us if you need further information. If you are a prospective student, member of staff or visitor, then we look forward to welcoming you to join our academic community here in the Department of Economics, at the University of York."


Professor Jo Swaffield
Head of Department


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