My top resources for an Economics student

Daniele

Faculty: Business and Law
School: School of Economics, Finance and Law
Course: BSc (Hons) Economics
Category: Student Ambassador

23 May 2022

As an economics student, several resources from books to movies are helpful for your studies. Here are a few of my favourite suggestions below.

Papers and journals

In terms of newspapers, you can read the Financial Times, which is provided by ARU for free.

For those who are willing to pay, I’d also recommend The Economist and, for deeper financial investigation, Bloomberg which is the best, in my opinion, for financial markets.

I’d also advise everyone to keep up-to-date with the news from the FOMC meeting of the Federal Reserve. As the leading economy, their decisions affect all other nations.

Software

I would suggest everyone install Excel, Stata, and SPSS. All of them are essential during the course to collect data, analyse them, and to conduct econometric analysis.

University societies

Students who are passionate about economics can join the Investment Society and Business Society to start networking and share ideas with other students on contemporary issues.

Movies

These aren’t necessarily going to help your studies but here are some good movies that all Economics students will have watched at least once: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, Boiler Room, and Margin Call.

Books

Please read at least the first chapter of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy (aka Das Kapital) by Karl Marx, and something on The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.

For finance fundamentals, Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham is also worth reading.

For personal finance and business, The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason, and Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki are great.

In terms of academic books, they change from module to module. However, I find Introduction to Econometrics by Jeffrey M. Wooldridge an essential book to have on the shelf. It contains all the information on how to utilize Stata and conduct statistical inference, which is necessary for most of the modules and in the thesis.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your Economics degree!




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