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Factors that influence choice of major: why some students never consider economics

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  • Lindsay Noble Calkins
  • Andrew Welki
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    Purpose – In the fall of 1996, Walstad suggested that the economics profession needed to obtain the students' perspective on the choice of major. The purpose of this paper is to examine the factors that influence the choice of major. Design/methodology/approach – To recruit majors and to address Walstad's concern, economics and non-economics majors were surveyed to determine which factors they consider important when choosing a major and to better understand why some students never consider economics. Findings – The results suggest that interest in the subject, expected marketability, performance in major classes, and the approachability and teaching reputation of the faculty are influential to the choice of major. Originality/value – The results may help the profession address enrollment issues, including the disproportionate number of women in the major.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 547-564

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:33:y:2006:i:8:p:547-564

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    Keywords: Economics; Education;

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    Cited by:
    1. Rita van Deuren & Sicco C. Santema, 2012. "How to choose your minor? Decision making variables used in the selection of a minor by undergraduate students from a Dutch university of applied sciences," Working Papers 2012/06, Maastricht School of Management.
    2. Carlos J. Asarta & Roger B. Butters & Andrew Perumal, 2013. "Success in Economics Major: Is it Path Dependent?," Working Papers 13-11, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.

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