Department of Economics

The Department of Economics, an established team of 33 full-time permanent academics, is ranked in the top 150 in the world according to the QS rankings (2019).

We have particular strengths in Economic Theory, Applied Economics, and Econometrics, and have recently been rated “above the world standard” by the Australian Federal Government. The Department runs a PhD program with significant coursework component, hosts several workshops and conferences every year, and enjoys a vibrant and stimulative research environment.

Areas of specialisation

Our areas of expertise lie in: 

  • industrial organisation 
  • economic theory 
  • international trade 
  • economic growth and development 
  • labour economics and industrial relations 
  • health economics 
  • political economy and public choice.

Prospective PhD students

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Research seminars

Learn more about our recent seminar presenters and topics presented by Deakin staff, visitors and research partners.

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Conferences

Learn more about the conferences hosted by the Department of Economics, which attract both overseas and interstate visitors.

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Grant success

The department has been successful in obtaining nationally and internationally competitive grants such as ARC Discovery grants, the Bush Fire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre and the US Department of Agriculture. Since 2011, more than 90% of our faculty members have published in an A-ranked journal and a further 60% have published in A* journals according to the ABCD journal rankings.

Publications

The Department has 33 full-time permanent academics as well as five part-time professorial fellows. Its research strengths lie in Economic Theory, Applied Economics, and Econometrics. Members of the Department have published in leading scholarly journals such as:

  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • Econometrica
  • Economic Journal
  • American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
  • International Economic Review
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Games and Economic Behaviour
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Journal of Development Economics
  • Journal of Health Economics

Honorary appointments

Professor Erdal Tekin
Honorary Professor

External visitors

The Department of Economics attracts a wide range of visiting experts.

2019 External visitors

DATESNAMEUNIVERSITY
11/2/19-29/3/19
A/Prof Xibin Zhang Monash University Joint research project in financial econometrics with Dr Yao.
26/2/19-11/3/19 Professor Dinko Dimitrov Saarland University Germany Research collaboration with academics.
5/3/19-13/3/19 Professor Robert Chirinko University of Illinois
USA
Seminar speaker, presenting lectures to students and research collaboration with academics.
13/4/19-21/4/19 Dr Chih-Sheng Hsieh Chinese University of Hong Kong Seminar speaker and research collaboration with academics.
25/5/19-11/6/19 Professor Utku Unver Boston College
USA 
Research collaboration with academics.
22/3/19-10/4/19 Nejat Anbarci
Research collaboration with academics.
9/3/19-23/3/19 Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak Yale University
USA 
Research collaboration with academics.

2018 External visitors

DATESNAMEUNIVERSITY
15/01/18–22/02/18
Yana Petrova
Lund University
Research collaboration between Lund and Deakin University
2/02/18–16/02/18 Professor Utku Unver Boston College Seminar speaker and workshop with PhD students and academics
19/02/18–11/03/18 Professor Dinko Dimitrov Saarland University, Germany Seminar speaker and research collaboration with academics
26/02/18–18/03/18 Dr Chris Waller Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, USA A public lecture at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne CBD and research collaboration with academics
8/03/18–1/04/18 Associate Professor Deniz GevrekTexas A&M, Corpus ChristiSeminar speaker and research collaboration with academics
7/05/18–12/05/18Professor Lijun JiaBeijing Institute of TechnologyCross collaboration and research with academics between Beijing Institute of Technology and Deakin University
7/05/18–12/05/18 Dr Lijuan HuoBeijing Institute of TechnologyCross collaboration and research with academics between Beijing Institute of Technology and Deakin University
7/05/18–12/05/18 Dr Changqing LiBeijing Institute of TechnologyCross collaboration and research with academics between Beijing Institute of Technology and Deakin University
15/05/18–28/05/18Associate Professor Takashi KunimotoSingapore Management UniversitySeminar speaker and research collaboration with academics
30/05/18–06/06/18Professor Gaetano AntinolfiWashington University in St. LouisCross collaboration and research with academics between Washington University and Deakin University
2/07/18–23/07/18Associate Professor Duygu YenginUniversity of AdelaideSeminar speaker and research collaboration with academics
9/08/18–25/08/18Professor Jean-François MercierLoyola Marymount University, USASeminar speaker and research collaboration with academics
19/08/18–2/09/18Professor Chetan GhateIndian Statistical InstituteCross collaboration and research with academics between Indian Statistical Institute and Deakin University
4/12/2018–4/01/19Professor Lars WinkelmannFreie Universität BerlinSeminar speaker and research collaboration with academics

2017 External visitors

DATESNAMEUNIVERSITY
3/1/17–19/1/17
Professor Jan-Egbert Sturm
ETH Zürich
Research collaboration with staff, Seminar speaker and teaching to Honours and PhD students
23/1/17–19/2/17 Professor T.D. Stanley Hendrix College, USA Faculty workshop, research collaboration and teaching to Honours and PhD students
6/2/17–20/2/17 Dr Chris Waller Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, USA A public lecture at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne CBD, workshop and research collaboration with staff
13/3/17–30/3/17 Professor Robert Chirinko University of Illinois, Chicago Research collaboration with staff, public lecture at Burwood Corporate Centre and presenting lectures to PhD students and staff
14/3/17–18/3/17 Professor William Thomson University of Rochester, USA Research collaboration, Seminar speaker and teaching to Honours and PhD students
23/3/17–31/3/17 Professor Leonor Modesto Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economic, Portuguese Catholic University Research collaboration with staff and Seminar speaker
23/6/17–30/6/17Professor Sandro BruscoSUNY Stony Brook SingaporeResearch collaboration with staff and Seminar speaker
23/8/17–7/9/17Dr Jeffrey YuUniversity of AdelaideResearch collaboration with staff
12/11/17–1/12/17Professor Lars WinklemannFreie Universität BerlinResearch collaboration with staff
10/12/2017–23/12/2017Professor Erdel TekinAmerican UniversityResearch collaboration with staff

2016 External visitors

DatesNameUniversity
20/1/2016–19/2/2016Professor Hong HwangNational Taiwan UniversityAustralian Academy of Science - Taiwan Exchange Program 2015/2016
3/1/16–22/1/16Professor Jan-Egbert SturmKOF Swiss Economic InstituteResearch collaboration and Seminar speaker
01/02/2016–19/02/2016Dr Seyhun Orcan SakalliUniversity of Lausanne, SwitzerlandResearch collaboration: Deep Determinants of Political Ideology in Turkey
22/2/16–2/3/16Professor Patrice LarocheESC Europe, FranceCompleting research book with Department academic
5/3/16–22/3/16Professor Axel DreherUniversity of HeidelbergResearch collaboration and Seminar speaker
4/6/16–28/6/16Professor Chetan GhateIndian Statistical Institute, DelhiParticipating in the ADEW conference and research collaboration with staff
8/6/16–28/6/16Ms Sargam GuptaIndian Statistical Institute, DelhiParticipating in the ADEW conference and research collaboration with staff
26/9/16–30/9/16Dr Benjamin WongReserve Bank of NZRBNZ-Deakin visitors exchange program
24/10/16–28/10/16Dr Christie SmithReserve Bank of NZRBNZ-Deakin visitors exchange program
1/12/16–16/12/16Prof Martin PaldamAarhus UniversityResearch collaboration between Aarhus University and Deakin

2015 External visitors

DatesNameUniversity
1/2/15–13/2/15 Professor Utku Unver Boston College Participating in the AETW 2015 conference and research collaboration with staff
3/2/15–16/2/15 Professor Hector Chade Arizona State University Participating in the AETW 2015 conference and research collaboration with staff
9/3/15–27/3/15 Professor Robert Chirinko University of Illinois at Chicago Honorary professor for the Department of Economics - Research collaboration and Seminar speaker
15/5/15–10/6/15 Professor Patrice Laroche ESC Europe, France Completing research book with Department academic and seminar speaker
1/6/15–30/6/15 Professor Tom Stanley Hendrix College Presenting at a BUILD workshop seminar speaker and research collaboration with staff
2/11/15–5/11/15 Dr Yao Fang Reserve Bank of NZ RBNZ-Deakin visitors exchange program
2/11/15–24/11/15 Dr Shakil Ahmed The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) Research collaboration with staff and seminar speaker. Exchange visitor from the largest NGO in the world.

Research Centre

Our research centre, the Centre for Banking and Financial Stability, focuses on applied and commercial research that is relevant to the broader community.

Our staff

Our staff are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in economics.

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