Applied Economics, Economic Theory and Econometrics are key strengths of RMIT economists.

There are approximately 40 economists working within the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. Applied Economics is the core strength of the discipline.  This strength is complemented by expertise in Economic Theory and Econometrics.  

A number of themes characterise our research, these include Business BehaviourBlockchainInternational Trade and Development and Placemaking Economics. Importantly, our research in each of these areas includes the domains of macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economics. The discipline also supports a large number of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates.

Staff within the economics disciple have a long tradition of applying microeconomics tools to a wide range of areas including: health and well-being, environmental and energy economics, economics of risk and uncertainty, program evaluation, behavioural economics, cultural economics and sports economics.

Similarly, our activities in the domain of macroeconomics are wide ranging and includes public sector economics, monetary policy and inflation, economic crises, history of economic thought, institutional economics, tax policy and political economy.

Our interests in international economic applications include international trade, economic growth, foreign aid effectiveness, the impact of remittances, micro-finance and financial literacy.

In addition we also have  strengths in statistical modelling and econometrics. Specific areas of expertise include panel data econometrics, time-series econometrics and forecasting.

Notably, our group is particularly known for its services to the profession, industry and government.  We provide channels for knowledge exchange through which applied economics research are 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 Ashton de Silva.

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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.

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