About the Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University
The Department of Economics in Bar-Ilan University aims to nurture and train students in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs to be the economists, managers, and accountants of the future. That, in addition to conducting research at the highest level. We in the Department of Economics specialize in various fields of study and research including: Political Economy, Economic Growth, Micro and Macro-economics, Game Theory and Econometrics, along with Accounting and Finance Studies.
The Department of Economics was founded in 1960, when Shlomo Eckstein, a graduate of Bnei Akiva, Mexico, and Harvard University, USA, immigrated to Israel, and was joined by Yehuda Don, a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and London School of Economics. Together they have established the department and directed its expansion. The emphasis was given to those courses that prepare the students not only for academic research, but also for the practical participation in the different fields of the market.
Correspondingly, courses in Business Administration (Business Administration, Finance, and Marketing) and courses in Accounting were incorporated into the program. In 1971, B.A. and M.A. programs that combine Economics and Business Administration, and a program that combines Economics and Accounting, were established.
The goal of studies in the Department of Economics is to impart knowledge necessary to understanding the economic behavior of national economies and the economic units of which they are composed. Studies in the department are aimed at creating a comprehensive understanding of economic developments and phenomena, globally as well as in Israel in particular.
In this framework the department presents the contemporary approaches to social and economic problems. Studies focus on instilling an economic mode of thinking and granting tools to analyze social and economic phenomena.
The Department of Economics has a system of internships that instill critical thinking in the students and grant them analytical tools that allow them to continue in theoretical and applied research as well as in the practical aspects of administration and economic planning in the private sector and the public sector.
Undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics can be pursued as a minor, a major, or as an expanded major. For students studying Economics as an expanded major there are three tracks: Theoretical Economics, Economics and Business Administration, and Economics and Accounting.