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Is Academic Economics Withering in Australia?


  • John Lodewijks
  • Tony Stokes


Departments of economics in Australia have not fared well recently. Many have been closed, merged or relocated, their staff made redundant while economics degrees and majors have been eliminated. This article tries to understand why academic economics appears to be withering in this country, or at least increasingly concentrated in Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and what if anything can still be done to preserve what is left.

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  • John Lodewijks & Tony Stokes, 2014. "Is Academic Economics Withering in Australia?," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 21(1), pages 69-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:acb:agenda:v:21:y:2014:i:1:p:69-90

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    2. Lodewijks, John & Stokes, Anthony & Wright, Sarah, 2016. "Economics: An elite subject soon only available in elite universities?," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 1-9.

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