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Course Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees in Economics

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  • William Bosshardt
  • Michael Watts
  • William E. Becker

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We conducted a national survey of department Chairs to investigate whether departments of economics changed course requirements for bachelors degrees since the Siegfried and Bidani (1992) paper using 1980 data. There have been few changes to course requirements. Most notable are a large increase in the number of departments requiring econometrics and a drop in departments requiring courses such as money, banking and economic history--courses once required in many business schools.

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  • William Bosshardt & Michael Watts & William E. Becker, 2013. "Course Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees in Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(3), pages 643-647, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:3:p:643-47
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