Economics is the study of the difficult choices made by individuals, households, firms and governments. It provides a range of frameworks, which can be used for modelling and understanding the problem-solving and optimising behaviour of decision makers. Economics is one of the core disciplines in any contemporary university. It provides the skills needed for analysing and implementing solutions to many of the critical problems facing businesses and societies today.About the Economics department
Members of the Economics department at AUT have PhDs from universities around the world. They cover a wide range of fields within the discipline, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, international trade and finance, regional and urban economics, environmental economics and natural resources, labour economics, economic development, health economics, history of economic thought, and public policy. We are proud of our established record and commitment to research excellence, high quality undergraduate, postgraduate, interdisciplinary and MBA education, and community and professional engagement, especially in the area of economic policy.
Our teaching is informed by our wide-ranging research activities. Members of the Department have published in many highly ranked, domestic and international journals in Economics. These include: Australian Economic Papers, Economica, Economic Record, Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Economic Surveys, Labour Economics, New Zealand Economic Papers, Regional Studies, Work, Employment & Society, and World Economy.
Members of the Economics Department also sit on various editorial boards and serve as referees for professional journals. They work as consultants and provide expert advice to both private firms and government organisations. This wealth of academic and real-world experience provides an ideal background for the supervision of student research at an Honours, Masters and PhD level at AUT.
The department has a dedicated working paper series, edited by Associate Professor Gail Pacheco, which include many examples of research projects conducted across the members of this economics group. The following link provides direct access to the working papers from 2011:
The department also has a strong applied focus and this is evidenced in the following case studies of recent research projects underway in 2012/2013:
Detailed information about the members of the Economics research team, including supervisory interests and current research activities, can be found by clicking on the names of individual staff, which are listed below:
Professor Tim Maloney - Head of Economics Discipline.