From L to R: (Bottom row) Honours Administrator – Heidi Ellis, Tsz Yin Lui, Thi Mai Anh Nguyen, Colin Burns. (Top Row) Travis Duff, Stuart Morrison, Daniel Mouat, Honours Coordinator – Jeff Kline.

 

Travis Duff

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

I have a natural curiosity of understanding patterns, correlations and casual relationships. Given this, I initially thought mathematics was my ideal path, however, at university I quickly discovered that economics provided the perfect platform to quantify such interests. Within economics, I’m particularly interested in the Macro side of things – what effects and drive’s economies at the national level.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

I felt Honours provided an excellent opportunity to further improve and reinforce the fundamental skills learnt in undergrad. The thesis component was also a major contributor in choosing to undertake honours. The skills required to produce a substantial piece of unique research is something a simple undergraduate course does not provide. The opportunity to develop such skills I think will be highly valuable over the course of my career.

 

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspirations are to work in macroeconomic strategy/funds management. I highly enjoy initially understanding a particular economic environment but then also using this information and understanding to construct a view of the future.

 


Tsz Yin Lui

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

My motivation of studying economics is from my high school economics teacher. The way he understood and explained things in economics language inspired me to study economics. Besides, economics is everywhere. We can explain almost every kind of human behaviours through economics theories. How amazing is that.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

As I said before, I hope to discover and understand more about human behaviours and undertaking honours give me the chance to learn more advanced theories and models.

 

What are your career aspirations?

My ultimate goal is being an economist and publishing my own researches. Honours gives the necessary knowledge for me to take the PhD. Before that, I hope to work in monetary authority or the Treasury in Hong Kong.

 


Stuart Morrison

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

I was always very interested in how policy and economics interacted with each other and I was inspired to study economics to nudge policy in a better direction.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

I choose to undertake honours because of the opportunities for research and higher study in econometrics.

 

What are your career aspirations?

I would love to work in the field of regulatory and competition economics as there are uncountable ways in which economic analysis can help improve how policy and markets interact.

 


Daniel Mouat

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

The explanatory power of economics really attracted me to the discipline. Economics offers a framework for examining issues ranging from how countries can escape poverty to how the number of books in a home is linked to childhood development. In seeking to describe the motivations and actions of people as well as societal institutions, the academic field offers an evidence-based understanding of the world around us. With this knowledge, policy-makers can more confidently enact the best policies.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

The ability to do original research in the form of a thesis was the main motivator. While an undergraduate economics degree is very enriching, I thought that research would enhance my understanding of the field. Honours opens up many opportunities as well, such as working for an organisation like the World Bank or OECD to further study. In doing an honours year, I hope to gain a better understanding of what career path I would like to take.

 

What are your career aspirations?

I plan on starting my career in the private sector, but in the long run I would like to spend time in a global development organisation and play an active role in domestic policy. I think that solid experience in public and private sectors leads to more innovative solutions to today's most pressing problems.

 


Thi Mai Anh Nguyen

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

There was not a particular event that drew my attention to economics. I would say that my decision to study economics stems from a combination of a long passion for mathematics and my particular curiosity about individual and social choices. I find that economics is a very powerful way of thinking, in the sense that it can offer great insights into complex issues with quite simple intuition, and that it has little to no restriction on the subjects being studied. Furthermore, its elegant use of mathematics to formalise concepts that are intrinsically philosophical can never get one bored.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

I chose to undertake Honours to study economics with more depth and rigour. Especially with a focus on the thesis component, the Honours year to me is an important preparation for my higher study.

 

What are your career aspirations?

Enjoying researching and teaching, I aspire to be in the academia. My area of interest is microeconomic and game theory.

 


Colin Burns

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

I decided to study economics because I wanted a better understanding of how the world was organized and be able to answer some of the challenging questions like why are some nations so wealthy and others so poor.

 

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

I took my studies further to the honours level because I thought it would deepen my understanding of these issues and enhance my career prospects.

 

What are your career aspirations?

I’m hoping to gain employment in consultancy or in government at the end of the year.