The Department of Economics and Finance is part of City University of Hong Kong’s College of Business. City University of Hong Kong (CityU) aspires to become a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education. In 2015, it was ranked 57th in the QS World University Rankings and 4th in the QS world's top 50 universities under 50 years of age. The university also ranks 2nd in Hong Kong for research impact (Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers). The College of Business stands at 33rd in the world, and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region (The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, the University of Texas at Dallas 2011-2015).
The Department of Economics and Finance has 43 regular and visiting faculty members from all over the world, and 39 PhD students. The Department provides solid training in both the theory and application of economics and finance. It aims at training graduates with cutting-edge knowledge in modern economics and finance providing Hong Kong with the young financial executives, economists, and business analysts it needs. The Department has over 850 undergraduate students and 250 postgraduate students with diverse backgrounds. Most of its postgraduate students are graduates of prestigious universities in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as overseas countries including USA, Canada, UK, and Germany.
The mission of the Department is to be a center of excellence in research and teaching, using economics and finance for business as well as for public sector decision-making in Hong Kong, mainland China, and other Asia-Pacific economies. Over the years the Department has gained international recognition, in terms of research output it is ranked in the top tier among all universities in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand, in recently published studies.
The Department is pursuing high quality scholarly research into financial and economic issues with an established excellent research environment, including a productive and energetic research team. With its first-class research facilities, the Department has achieved a leading role in research areas of economics and finance in the Asia-Pacific region and promoted interactions among scholars in Hong Kong and the rest of the world. The Department research strengths lie in applied economics and econometrics with a focus on the links between macroeconomics, finance, international finance and development. Furthermore, its world-class research in finance concentrates on both theoretical and applied areas with a strong emphasis on asset pricing and informational inefficiencies, corporate finance, and market structure.