While RMIT Economists reside in two locations; the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), they maintain strong links.
Within the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University there are around 25 members of staff working in the discipline of Economics. The core strengths of discipline staff are in the field of Applied Economics. Within this research area staff interests can be classified into three broad groups: Development Economics, Macroeconomics, and Applied Microeconomics. The discipline also supports a number of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.
The Development Economics research group collectively research across a wide range of interests and expertise including international trade, economic growth, foreign aid effectiveness, the impact of remittances, microfinance and financial literacy.
The interests of the Macroeconomics research group includes public sector economics, monetary policy and inflation, economic crises, history of economic thought, institutional economics, tax policy, political economy and Chinese economics.
The Applied Microeconomics research group has a very wide range of interests including: health and well-being, environmental and energy economics, economics of risk and uncertainty, program evaluation, behavioural economics, cultural economics and sports economics.
Furthermore, the economics discipline has a key strength in statistical modelling and econometrics. Specific areas of expertise include panel data econometrics, time-series econometrics and forecasting.
Services to the profession, industry and government offer invaluable channels for knowledge exchange, through which applied economics research can be disseminated directly to users. RMIT Economists place great emphasis on these roles given the applied focus of their research.
For further information about this research group contact the Discipline Leader Dr George Tawadros.
Our research programs
Economics and Finance – PhD and Master by Research
Broad research specialisations covering economics and finance include microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, finance, capital markets and financial institutions, financial instruments, international finance, risk management, international monetary economics and industrial economics.