Economics is the study of human decision-making, considered in relation to the economic tasks of life. It looks at how individuals within larger social groups, including communities, organizations, markets, and economies, make decisions about how much to work and play, spend and save. Economic analyses also consider how the economic decisions made by one group of people affect the decisions made by others. They then study how the aggregated effects of these decisions impact production, distribution, trade, and the consumption of goods and services across local regions, countries, and the world.

The Economics curriculum at NYU Abu Dhabi is designed to introduce students to these fundamental dynamics of human life and, in doing so, is grounded in three basic pedagogical principles:

  1. Undergraduate students must be exposed to the “big ideas” and pressing social issues of our world and given economic frameworks for thinking about them.
  2. Meaningful study of economics requires being able to think about problems from local, regional, and global perspectives.
  3. Effective economic reasoning increasingly involves a multi- disciplinary approach combining the best economic thinking with the best thinking in psychology, history, and politics.


16 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 9 Required Courses: Mathematics for Social Scientists I and II; Principles of Micro; Principles of Macro; International Economics; Intermediate Micro; Intermediate Macro; Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences; Intro. to Econometrics
  • 3 Economics Electives
  • 2 Breadth Electives
  • 2 Capstone Project