Financial Economics


Financial Economics focuses on understanding how individuals, firms and markets manage financial risk. This major analyses decision-making by individuals, business, government and global organisations, and deals with important issues such as economic growth and development, the causes and effects of inflation, income distribution, public policy design and implementation, and the means to improve overall efficiency and living standards.

Graduate roles include Economic and Financial Forecaster, Economic Researcher, Financial Analyst, Financial Economist, Financial Planner, Investment Analyst, Policy Advisor, Superannuation Advisor and Wealth Management Analyst.

Studying Financial Economics at UNSW

Financial Economics is offered as an undergraduate major by the UNSW Business School for students enrolled in commerce or economics degrees. Students interested in pursuing a career in financial economics may wish to study Finance as a second major.

Students with above average grades in their Financial Economics courses are invited to join the Honours program, requiring an additional year of study. An Honours year adds extra value to an undergraduate degree and is highly regarded by employers.

Financial Economics can be studied as 

Specialisation Stream Type Stream
Financial Economics Major ECONJ13784

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