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Students’ perceptions of economics: identifying demand for further study

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  • Don J. Webber
  • Andrew Mearman

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Most university departments aspire to increase their quantity of students. The objective of this empirical study is to ascertain whether it is possible to identify students who would demand more economics study. Using data on student perceptions of economics and the application of logistic regression, two step autoclustering, K means clustering, analysis of variance and Tukey's honestly significant difference statistical techniques, we reveal distinct clusters of students, including a small cluster of students who appear to be more open to further study.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 9 (March)
Pages: 1121-1132

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Cited by:
  1. Andrew Mearman & Aspasia Papa & Don J. Webber, 2013. "Why do students study economics?," Working Papers 20131303, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  2. Andrew Mearman & Tim Wakeley & Gamila Shoib & Don J. Webber, 2009. "Does pluralism in economics education make better educated, happier students? A qualitative analysis," Working Papers 0916, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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