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Why Economics?

The financial crisis and the new age of austerity have increased interest in Economics degrees. The new normal will involve a re-thinking of economic policies to adjust to a heightened sense of reality about the future.

This is a particularly exciting time to be studying Economics. Royal Holloway is a particularly exciting place to do these studies.

Our staff are researching at the boundaries of economic analysis. We are exploring the interactions of financial markets with the real economy; how education needs to be adjusted to meet the demands for higher skilled workers; the role for immigration in a slower growth economy; how the public sector needs to be organised to run efficiently; natural resources and the limits to growth; how to organise an economy where individuals do not always behave in a self-interested manner; and political economy questions such as how insurgencies develop in countries.

In the next decade, the best education is not just about learning standard materials and preparing for standard examinations. Students will need to have a deeper understanding of the models and methods of Economics, and about how to apply those models in the real world. We think Royal Holloway is the ideal place for you to engage in that challenging, and exciting future.

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