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Department of Economics


The Economics Department has 13 full-time academic staff, all with Ph.D. degrees (from Australia, Canada, Europe, or the United States). It provides teaching support for the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Programme under its uniquely designed interdisciplinary structure which copes with the increasing complexity of public and economic affairs in the 21st century. Our department contributes to all streams/majors in Social Sciences, especially the China and Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) stream and the Social and Public Policy Studies (SPPS) stream. We also supervise a number of MPhil and Ph.D. students.
In addition, the Economics Department offers a distinctive Master of Science in International Banking and Finance (MIBF) degree. It aims to strike a balance between theoretical and practical knowledge, covering both local and international needs and concern and giving equal attention to professional banking and general finance and economics.
2014 RAE Results Reaffirm Excellence in Research by Lingnan's Economics Faculty
Following the UGC's 2006 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results that showed Lingnan's Economics Department was among the top Departments in Hong Kong in research, the 2014 RAE reaffirms our strong performance.

Lingnan's 2014 RAE results show the following achievements:   
1) Lingnan's 4* publications hit 13% of the items submitted.  This record is just below that of HKUST and HKU.

2) Lingnan's 3* and higher publications stand at 33%, at par with CityU, and behind that of HKUST, HKU, and CUHK.

3) Counting 4*, 3*, 2*, and 1* respectively as being worth 4, 3, 2, and 1 points, and weighing these points by their respective percentages, Lingnan's overall score stands at 2.21, behind HKUST, HKU, and CUHK.

4) Overall, the 8 eligible colleagues of the Department of Economics submitted a total of 32 items, none of which was rated unclassified.
Lingnan's Economics Department continues to excel in policy-related, applied research, with a view to contributing to better policy making in Hong Kong and around the world and in line with the liberal arts mission of the University.  Our research areas include international finance, finance, labour market, housing market, environmental economics, industrial economics, competition policy, health policy, happiness studies, etc. Apart from international journals, we also publish books and research reports, and conduct surveys and commissioned studies.
Scholarships and Internships for Economics Students
To provide an extra incentive to our students to discover the allure of economcis, up to Three BEST Students from Economics Major of 4-year undergraduate Social Sciences programme will each be awarded a scholarship of HK$5,000. Effective from 2014-15, the Economics Department also offers up to two internship opportunity for our students via the Summer Internship Scheme. The student interns will provide research support for various projects related Economics fields. In addition, up to two full scholarships will be offered to good economics graduates for pursuing further study in our MSc. in International Banking and Finance Programme.