Message from the Department Head
The Department strives to excel in both its research and teaching missions. In the past 5 years (2016-2020), the Department has ranked number one in Hong Kong every year, in the top 2 to 5 in Asia, and from 24 to 29 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject—Economics & Econometrics. According to the last Research Assessment Exercise for Hong Kong conducted in 2014, 73 percent of the Department’s research activity was categorized as world-leading or internationally excellent, more than any other economics department in Hong Kong.
The Department’s faculty conduct world-class research in nearly all fields of economics, including economic theory, econometrics, macroeconomics, and the applied fields of trade, industrial organization, development, labour, health, and environment. They consistently publish their research in the top academic journals in economics. Faculty research also addresses key policy-relevant issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chains, innovation, productivity and growth, optimal macroeconomic policies, digital economy, the changing nature of work, and poverty and inequality. Senior faculty have served on government commissions on the minimum wage, housing, and poverty.