Economy · June 23, 2022

The most useful apps for business students

Your phone is one of the most useful tools you have. Using technology accessible to us is a great way to keep up with economic research, improve your study, and keep up to date with economic news. Most of the apps listed below are also available on tablets, so you can download them to whichever device is most appropriate for you.

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News and current affairs

the economist's app1. The economist

App Store / Google Play

This app from The Economist magazine focuses on news and analytics for economics topics from around the world. It offers a selection of free articles from The Economist, as well as reports on current affairs, science, technology and other news. You can save articles to read later and share articles on social media. If you are a regular reader of The Economist then this app is a must.

If you are interested in other news and current affairs apps, we have made many other recommendations.

Learn about economics and related skills

khan academy app2. Khan Academy

App Store / Google Play

Khan Academy offers comprehensive courses on the basics of economics that you can take online. The content is too simple to be useful for postdocs, but for bachelor’s or master’s students looking to learn or remember key topics like consumer theory or elasticity, the lessons are great.

khan academy app3. Economic growth

Google Play

This app is aimed at younger students or those who are new to economics. It provides detailed information on how economies grow, explaining what economic growth is and how it can be measured. It also provides insight into real-life scenarios where you can see the principles of economic growth taking place in real life, making it a great learning tool.

DataCamp app4. Data field

App Store / Google Play

DataCamp is a great resource that includes training videos and simple coding exercises for Python and R, languages ‚Äč‚Äčthat economists use frequently. The lessons are organized in short videos and clear exercises with an answer key, offering users many good practices. Unfortunately, the content isn’t free on its own, but you can get a three-month free trial if you sign up with your GitHub student account. You may also have access through your university. Either way, DataCamp is a great way to learn the fundamentals of data science from your phone or computer.

Calculators and data tools

IMF application5. IMF

App Store / Google Play

Simply titled “IMF,” the International Monetary Fund app contains news, press releases, podcasts and other insights. It also contains a huge amount of economic data. One of the coolest features is the app’s data visualization tool; with it, users can easily view color-coded maps, tables and graphs of world economic data at the touch of a finger. The app also contains country-level data on a wide variety of statistics for insight into specific regions. This is a great way to explore economic data at the macro level in style.

pocket math app cas6. PocketCAS Mathematical Toolkit

App Store

If you are doing advanced calculations for data analysis, it is helpful to have a scientific calculation app on your phone. The PocketCAS app has advanced features such as creating 2D and 3D graphing, performing calculation operations, algebra functions and converting physical units. For advanced stats users, this app is a must.

HiPER App7. HiPER scientific calculator

Google Play

A free calculator option that can be used with both iOS and Android, HiPER includes writing expressions such as fractions, symbolic algebra, integral and derivative functionality, and up to 100 digits of meaning and 9 digits of exponent. It can also detect repeated decimals. There is a Pro version which is a paid upgrade option with more advanced features for $ 3.49 at the time of this writing.

Documents and citations

App of the Academy8.

App Store / Google Play

This iOS or Android app is a free, open access academic research platform with millions of users. There is an upgrade option for even more content and “PDF Packages” which produce related content and include summaries. However, it is quite possible to use the app and read documents for free. contains many articles on classical economics, although not all published ones may be available. However, this is a great resource for reading important academic papers for free.

HiPER App9. EasyBib

App Store

The only thing more annoying than formatting your essay is the formatting of your bibliography. There are a ton of different citation styles like MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard, all of which are slightly different, and trying to get the formatting right is a hassle. Fortunately, the EasyBib app can help you: you can use your phone’s camera to photograph the barcode on your books, and the app automatically creates a bibliography in the format of your choice.

RifME app10. RefMe

App Store / Google Play

Expertly synonymous with “Referencing Made Easy,” this free iOS or Android app allows users to scan a book’s barcode with their phone to generate a quote. You can also search for a book title, newspaper article, ISSN or ISBN, or even use a URL or DOI to have the app generate a quote for you too. Supposedly it supports 6,500 citation styles, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding what you need.