This programme aims to enable students to work as business economists. It provides students with solid foundation in micro and macro-economics, quantitative and communication skills, as well as an understanding of the institutional settings in which firms operate in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to learning the basic economic theories and quantitative techniques, students can, depending on their interests and career goals, develop their expertise in the areas of (i) international trade and finance, (ii) financial markets and institutions, (iii) real estate markets, (iv) industry analysis and (v) economic strategy and experimental economics.
Business economics is playing an increasingly important role in managerial decision making in the business and government sectors. Today's job market requires people with excellent analytical ability and the versatility to take on many varied tasks in multiple settings. The broad-based education offered by this programme is a tremendous advantage for students. Firms are particularly interested in the fields of economic strategies, policy analysis, and forecasting. Graduates are employed to analyze economic data, produce economic and business reports, and to help in investment and business decision-making. Most business economists are employed in the fields of banking, finance, manufacturing, insurance, real estate, and retailing.