Department of Economics

Study reveals long-term detrimental education effects of Spanish and French colonial systems

Even in the recent past, the colonial legacy has had a large negative impact on education in the former colonies of both Spain and France, according to a new study from our Department.

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Three ways international finance could enforce a Paris climate deal

Professor Michael Finus comments on the climate negotiations in Paris and proposes how international finance could help.

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Subprime 2: the return of the killer mortgage

The subprime mortgages which plunged the world into financial chaos a decade ago are beginning to appear again. Just how scared should you be?

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Bilingual children lag behind in language learning early on, but catch up by age five

Bilingual children's progress in learning vocabularly depends on their parents.

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REF2014 results recognise world-leading research environment

The results of the REF2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

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Research impact

Our research has made a significant impact within society and furthered our understanding of various key economic issues.

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Undergraduate placement year

The University’s year-long placement scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to explore possible careers and boost your CV.

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Tom Gallagher (BSc Economics)

"The selling point for me was the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement. I knew that due to the competitive job market in this field, the placement would be vital in allowing me to pursue a career in finance."

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New postgraduate research funding available!

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Environmental economics lecture at the Royal Geographical Society

Professor Michael Finus delivering a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society

Over 80 alumni, placement students and placement providers recently joined Professor Michael Finus for a lecture and reception at the Royal Geographical Society.

Undergraduate study

Studying with us

Dr Catherine Winnett and current student Richard Clarke, talk about the undergraduate economics programmes.

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Our students

Laura Tingle

The experiences, opportunities and training I received during the placement year have been really useful in my final year as well as for interviews and jobs in the future.

- Laura Tingle
Placement at Bank of England

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate programmes

Our Masters Programmes will give you a competitive edge in an increasingly challenging employment market.

Our students

Peter Sellen

The programme has thoroughly tested and expanded my abilities as an economist and I have found living in Bath a great experience due to its attractive and relaxed environment.

- Peter Sellen (MSc Economics)

MSc Economics & Finance

Student Bassam Talsi talks about his experience on the MSc Economics & Finance programme.

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Research degrees

Research degrees

We have opportunities for students interested in undertaking a research degree.

Our staff conduct research within the disciplines of econometrics, economic theory, labour economics, macroeconomics, finance, and environmental economics.

Research student insights

Alaa Al Khourdajie

Alaa is investigating policy options for welfare-enhancing joint climate and trade agreements.

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PhD Postgraduate study

Dr Edmund Keogh and Dr Jill Porter with students Arash Heydarian Pashakhanlou and Natalie Booth discuss the PhD experience.

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International Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)

International Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

I-SEE brings together experts from the fields of engineering, technology, physical sciences, social sciences and economics.

Quantitative Easing - a very large gamble?


Quantitative Easing is a key financial lever in the US and UK, but does it actually work?

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences