The Economics collection serves the needs of faculty and students in the Economics Department as well as a number of other departments across campus.

Current areas of collecting

The economics selector covers economics of natural resources and the environment; growth theory; economic conditions and development (particularly of Asia, China, Japan, Canada, U.S., Soviet Union); microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory and policy; money and banking; economic history in general and of modern Europe and Canada in particular; econometrics; international trade and finance; International relations; industrial organization; public finance; industrial relations and labour economics; Marxist economics; Canadian industrial organization and regulation policy.

Special emphasis is on British Columbia: natural resources and the environment, forests and forestry, mines and mineral resources, fisheries; B.C. labour history; economic development of Pacific Rim countries and Canada; statistical reference sources relating to Canada, British Columbia, United States and East and Southeast Asia; international relations.

Research and publishing characteristics

The Economics collection includes both pure and applied aspects. Pure Economics: volume low, price high. Journals, government publications and statistical data are most important. Applied Economics: overlap with other disciplines considerable; in general volume relatively high and average price medium; monographs, retrospective and foreign language materials important for Economic History. Informal communications through conferences and the circulation of working papers is prevalent.


Predominantly English language; Marxist economics in Russian; wide coverage for statistical materials; selective coverage in German, French Italian, Spanish (particularly for economic history of Europe and Latin America).

Geographic origin

Worldwide coverage.

Collections in other UBC Libraries/ Areas of overlap

Asian Library: Materials in all formats in Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Korean languages. Covers all subjects but emphasis is given to economic conditions and developments. Unique collection of Japanese government publications. Theoretical works are acquired selectively.

David Lam Business Management Library: Commerce and business administration materials.

Law Library: Economic Analysis of Law. Asian law collection includes vernacular materials.

Woodward Library: Economics of medicine and health care.