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The subject of Economics is concerned with the allocation of resources not as an end in itself but to enhance people's quality of life. This task is often much more complex than it first appears. In many instances full information is not available to the persons seeking to allocate these resources, either directly (for example, managers in the private sector), or indirectly (as would be the case of policy makers in the public sector). The Ph.D Economics programme is a research degree which will provide the requisite tools and skills for advanced economics research in academia, and the public and private sectors. Also, the degree will increase domestic and regional capacity to produce advanced economic research of high quality, which is necessary for the sustained growth and development of open economies.


  • Provide students with strong foundations in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometric theory.
  • Provide opportunities for students to strengthen their research skills.
  • Provide students with the skills necessary to fill high level positions domestically, regionally and internationally.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an MSc in Economics, or a related major, from a reputable institution. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who have completed their first year of a two year Masters programme will be considered if they maintain at least a B+ average.

Programme Structure

Year 1 and 2 will be comprised of core and elective courses. 
N.B. All students are required to complete an intensive orientation of advanced mathematics (Mathematics Camp) in the summer prior to start of the programme.

Core Requirements

  • Advanced Microeconomics I
  • Advanced Microeconomics II
  • Advanced Macroeconomics I
  • Advanced Macroeconomics II
  • Advanced Econometrics I
  • Advanced Econometrics II
  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Applied Economic Research & Analysis
  • Thesis Social Sciences
  • Advanced Economic Development I
  • Advanced Economic Development II
  • Advanced Finance I

Further Information

The Department hosts a weekly seminar series where faculty, graduate students and private and public sector leaders are invited to make presentations on current research work or topical issues. The primary objective of the series is to expose students to a wide range of issues and ideas surrounding the changing economy and the world of work. All graduate students are required to attend these seminars.

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Contact Information

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Peter-John Gordon
Department of Economics
University of the West Indies
Kingston 7, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 977-1188/ (876) 970-6287

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