Economics

Economics is one of the most popular subjects at Hertford. Our graduates go on to a wide range of exciting careers in government, the City, law, and teaching amongst others. Studying economics is demanding but rewarding, and develops a variety of analytical and logical skills as well as a deep understanding of how a modern economy works. A-Level mathematics (or an equivalent) is strongly encouraged, as basic mathematical competence is essential for the study of the more quantitative aspects of the subject.

Economics cannot be studied alone at the undergraduate level. Instead Economics is taken as part of a joint degree, including: Economics & Management; History & Economics; and Philosophy, Politics & Economics. In the first year, students study Introductory Economics. In the second year, three “core” courses are offered: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics. In the second and third years, students can also choose from a number of options, ranging from game theory to the study of developing countries. We also take a small number of students to read Engineering, Economics and Management, where the teaching structure is different from the other joint degrees. A wealth of further information is available from the University pages,

Hertford College currently has four Economics tutors: Professor Elizabeth Baldwin is Tutorial Fellow in Economics and Director of Studies (specialising in Microeconomic Theory and Environmental Economics, and will be teaching Microeconomics);  Dr Richard Povey is Lecturer in Economics (specialising in Altruism and Social Morality, and will be teaching both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics); Isaac (Zac) Gross is Lecturer in Economics (specialising in monetary policy, and will be teaching Macroeconomics); and Jerome Simons is Lecturer in Economics (specialising in time series econometrics and empirical macroeconomics, and will be teaching quantitative economics). We provide tutorials in small groups, which complement common University lectures in all courses.