Much of the study of economics consists of examining the operation of market economies to discover regularities of behaviour, ultimately in the expectation that through better understanding society will be able to remedy undesirable results and achieve better ones.
Faculty: Facutly of Social Sciences
Degree options: BA honours or major; BComm honours; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of economics at Mount Allison include:
- BA honours in economics and mathematics
- BA honours or major in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE)
- Any degree, minor in international economics and business
To achieve understanding in economics means moving into the realm of theory, analysis, and technical terms. The economics program at Mount Allison is built around core courses in economic theory, policy analysis, mathematics*, and econometrics.
Such study includes:
- economics history
- economic thought
- money and banking
- international economics
Find a list of economics courses in the academic calendar – economics.
*Students planning to concentrate on economics will find mathematics a valuable complementary study. Those who dislike mathematics or who do poorly in it usually encounter difficulties in economics.
Popular career paths for economics graduates include:
- economist for government, business, non-profit, or NGO
- economic policy analyst/consultant
- business development officer
- market research/policy analyst
- financial/investment analyst
- financial planner/advisor
- mortgage/insurance broker
- insurance underwriter/adjuster
- economic development officer
- labour relations specialist
- population studies analyst
John Main ('02)
Bachelor of Arts, economics
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Arviat North-Whale Cove
Prior to becoming an MLA, Main worked in economic development and as an independent consultant both in Arviat and Cambridge Bay.
“The Economics faculty has provided me with an excellent education through small class sizes, independent studies, research opportunities, teaching assistantships, and guest speakers. But most importantly, they cared about me as a person and were tremendously invested in my success as a student. I have made great friends while in this program and have felt support from econcomics alumni when I was in the process of selecting a graduate school.”
Mitchell Cassidy (’19)
Economics, minor in mathematics
"Economics at Mount Allison pushes students to excel inside and outside the classroom. Students in the program often participate in annual conferences and are encouraged by professors to present their work outside the classroom and pursue research opportunities. Mount Allison’s Department of Economics is in a class of its own when you consider its small classes and its faculty members who focus on helping their students reach their academic goals. The Economics department has helped me build friendships with my classmates and my professors that I will continue to cherish after I graduate."
Philippe LeBoeuf ('16)
Honours economics, minor in mathematics
“The faculty members are what set this program apart. They are
extremely knowledgeable and respected in their fields, but more
importantly, they are excellent teachers. Inside and outside of the
classroom, they are heavily invested in helping their students succeed. I
really can’t stress that last point enough. This is a much different
experience than students will receive at a large university.”
Jeff Hicks ('14)
Honours economics, minors in Spanish and math
Economics offers the opportunity for you to gain practical experience in research as a summer research assistant or through an independent research project.
Recent student projects include:
- What determines home ice advantage in the NHL?
- How do traditional economic measures of wellbeing, GDP per capita, compare with more alternative measures of the quality of life?
- Does Quebec’s subsidized day care program have an impact on the wage gap between men and women?
- What are the reasons for the difference in the unemployment rate in the communities in Maine and New Brunswick on the US-Canada border?
- What is the effect of having three risk factors associated with mood disorders?
As a senior economics student, you can gain experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant for the first-year class tutorials. This helps improve your communication and interpersonal problem solving skills and consolidates your knowledge of economics.
As a first-year student, working with student teaching assistants gives you the chance to get to know older students and offers another type of environment where you can ask questions and play a more active role in your own learning experience.
It's easy to get involved outside the classroom with these student-run clubs and societies:
- Economics Society
- PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) Society
- Investment Club MtA
Dr. Frank Strain
Research interests: economic growth and development, labour economics, the Atlantic Canadian economy, fiscal federalism, and economic history