Almost all monographs and periodicals acquired are in the English language, some are in French.
The main goal is to provide the materials necessary to support the undergraduate and graduate course instruction programs, the graduate thesis research program, and the research activities of the Faculty. In order to accomplish this, the Department is continuing to build comprehensive research collections in certain areas of study.
A greater percentage of available Canadian material is acquired, but in terms of volume more material originates in the United States. As well as material from Great Britain, European publications in English and French are acquired, especially those originating in the Netherlands (and, to a lesser extent, in the Federal Republic of Germany). Material from other areas is not as extensively acquired.

The Department is interested primarily in currently produced material. Reprints of antiquarian material are, however, relevant for economic history and history of economic thought.

  • Books; primarily currently-produced, with a small number of reprints or out-of-print titles.
  • Periodicals; much scholarly work in economics is published in periodicals rather than in books, and new journals continue to be developed. We hope to subscribe to many of these new journals (in economics and also in related areas).
  • Data; in line with the needs of our graduate field in quantitative economics, we will build up computer data banks and published data (particularly Canadian, but also international data including material from the U.N. and such sources as The International Monetary Fund, The International Labour Organization, and OECD). We have on- line access to CANSIM, the Statistics Canada data base.
  • Working papers from the Economics Departments of other universities; at present, the Economics Department acquires these in exchange for its own series and holds them in its Departmental Library. Lists are made available to those interested, including people in other Departments. The Economics Department would like to continue this arrangement.
  • Some pamphlets (principally those developed to accompany courses) are acquired.
  • Some theses are acquired.
  • Some atlases of economic interest are acquired.
  • Government publications are acquired in great numbers through the Government Documents section of Mills Library.

General Economic Theory (A)

      Includes equilibrium theory, microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, growth theory and theoretical welfare economics.


Quantitative Economics (A)

      Economic and statistical methods and mathematical models. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is interested in theoretical works in this area, but the Economics Department will do most of the collecting of material.

      Economic and social statistics; national income accounting; input-output; financial accounts; national wealth and balance sheets; social indicators and accounts; productivity and growth indicators; price measures; Canadian labour force surveys (tapes); Canadian surveys of consumer assets (tapes).


History of Economic Thought (B)

      This subject is covered from the Eighteenth Century to recent years. Reprints are collected, together with the collected works of major economists.


Economic History (B)

      Canadian, American and British Economic history, mainly from the Eighteenth Century onwards. No rare materials are acquired, reprints being chosen where earlier publications are needed. There is some overlap with the collection policy of the History Department.


Economic Systems (C)

      Capitalism, communism, socialism, mixed economies. Comparative economic systems.


Economic Development (B)

      Planning theory and policy for both developed and underdeveloped countries; economic fluctuations and stabilization; inflation; agricultural economics relevant to economic development; economic geography relevant to economic development.


Monetary Economics (A)

      Monetary theory and policy, commercial banking, financial markets, financial intermediaries, consumer finance.


Public Finance (A)

      Fiscal theory and policy, government expenditures and budgeting, taxation, provincial finance, national debt, Canadian federal-provincial financial arrangements; cost benefit analysis (theory and Canadian applications).


International Economics (A)

      International trade theory, trade relations, commercial policy, economic integration especially as it applies to Canadian-American economic integration, balance of payments, international finance, international investment, economics of foreign aid, purely economic aspects of trans-national corporations.


Natural Resource Economics (B)

      Theoretical and empirical analysis of scarce natural resources (including the "limits to growth" literature).


Industrial Organisation (B)

      Industrial organisation and market structure, public policy towards monopoly and competition; public utilities and government regulation of the private sector; public enterprises; economics of technological change; innovation; research and development; industry studies; economic capacity; trans-national corporations.


Labour Economics (A)

      Manpower training and allocation, labour force and supply, labour markets and public policy, trade unions and collective bargaining, labour-management relations, human capital theory, population studies and demographic economics. An important component consists of data tapes of Canadian labour force surveys.


Health Economics (A)

      Theoretical and applied work related to the economics of healthcare, its provision and production as well as health policy analysis.


Experimental Economics (A)

      Laboratory methods applied to market and non-market decision making.


Regional and Urban Economics Including Transport Economics (B)

      Urban and housing economics; transportation economics. There is a considerable overlap with the collection policies of the Geography and Civil Engineering Departments.


Political Economy and Public Choice Theory (A)

      This is a rapidly evolving area with strong inter-linkages with the fields of macroeconomics and public finance. Given the renewed interest in this area, we wish to collect material here at all levels. There will be some overlap with the policy of the Political Science Department.


Globalization and the Human Condition (B)

      Macro economics and public policy.

Arts and Social Sciences