The research area of Economics both belongs to the Institute for Latin American Studies and to the School for Business and Economics. One research area of Economics is the role of money and currency during the process of economic development. Diverse aspects of this area of study are examined, like the consequences of remittances sent by immigrants to their home countries, microfinance, the causes and problems of debt, the issues of adequate currency and exchange-rate regimes as well as forms of regional monetary cooperation within the context of developing and emerging countries.

Some of these topics are investigated in third-party funded research projects, such as:

Furthermore, the research area of Economics is a member of several interdisciplinary research co-operations at the Institute for Latin America Studies: