This PhD specialization covers applications of the disciplines of economics and statistics to topics of relevance for business or business related government policy. Applications include business strategy and international business drawing on insights from industrial organization and international economics. Topics in which faculty members have expertise include entrepreneurship and venture capital finance, international trade and investment; international trade policy, environmental management and policy, industrial organization, competition policy and public enterprise and regulation.
What sets the UBC program apart?
We are unique in that we use economics as the core discipline to study business strategies and international business. This makes our program ideal for those who want to do research in these fields as applied economists. Economics is one of the main tools employed by various fields in business research (e.g., real estate, finance, marketing, accounting), and our students can benefit from working with economists in other divisions at Sauder school or at the Vancouver School of Economics.
Our PhD program is relatively small, and this allows us to pay more attention to each student with a very high faculty-to-student ratio. There are many collaboration opportunities with faculty members.
Our graduates have been placed very well and have obtained positions at institutions such as Queen's University, York University (the Schulich School of Business), Concordia University, Tsinghua University, and the City University of Hong Kong.