Economics is the study of the incentives that shape and reconcile the decisions that individuals, businesses, governments and societies make, and the macroeconomic outcomes such as economic fluctuations, growth, unemployment and crises, which may arise from those decisions. There has never been a more exciting time to study economics. The ongoing consequences of the last economic crisis mean that the world urgently needs new thinking and new processes to meet the challenges of a changing economic climate. As an economics student, you will explore issues of economic stability, growth and development, all vital for economic forecasting and for influencing economic performance and policy. You will also examine the causes of economic growth and policies designed to promote prosperity, increase efficiency and reduce unwanted fluctuation in fiscal activity. There is a distinguished history of economics in Scotland that includes the work of David Hume and Adam Smith. You will learn from award-winning economists, working at the cutting edge of the field. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 31 per cent of our research was rated world- leading. We were ranked first in Scotland and eighth in the UK in terms of average overall rating. You'll have the opportunity to get involved in two large and vibrant societies, the Economics Society and the Edinburgh University Trading and Investment Club, which holds the UK's biggest student-run investment portfolio. Our economics help desks, staffed by our best students, offer help and support when you need it most.