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Strategy and Business Economics

This PhD specialization covers applications of the disciplines of economics and statistics to topics of relevance for business or business related government policy. Applications include business strategy and international business drawing on insights from industrial organization and international economics. Topics in which faculty members have expertise include entrepreneurship and venture capital finance, international trade and investment; international trade policy, environmental management and policy, industrial organization, competition policy and public enterprise and regulation. 

The program is of modest size, as approximately two students enroll per year. Our graduates have been placed very well and have obtained positions at institutions such as Queen's University, York University (Schulich School of Business), Concordia University, Tsinghua University, and the City University of Hong Kong.

Masters - level training in economics and/or quantitative disciplines such as mathematics or statistics would be a typical background for qualified students. Entrance directly from an honours Bachelor’s program in Canada or from a first class Bachelor’s degree in the US is a possibility for outstanding students. 

Once students are admitted, they have extensive interaction with faculty members and attend a regular workshop run by the Strategy and Business Economics Division, in addition to normal course work. In the first summer after completing year 1 courses, each student is supervised by a faculty member to write a “summer research paper”, which is often later developed as part of the PhD thesis. Except for those funded from outside sources, all students making satisfactory progress receive four years of funding (direct grants, research and teaching assistantships). 

For further information

Professor Sanghoon Lee
PhD Advisor for Strategy and Business Economics
E-mail: sanghoon.lee@sauder.ubc.ca