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Liberal Arts or Business: Does the Location of the Economics Department Alter the Major?


  • David H. Dean
  • Robert C. Dolan


The authors examine whether the administrative location of an economics department in a business versus liberal arts school alters the character of the economics program provided to undergraduate majors. To test this hypothesis, they constructed a curricular character index (CCI) based on a detailed accounting of assorted dimensions of an economics major. The CCI served as the dependent variable in a regression model that controlled for other institutional attributes that could influence curricular character. The sample of 148 primarily undergraduate institutions was selected to impose some semblance of a ceteris paribus environment. Contrary to earlier findings, the empirical results strongly indicate that the administrative location of an economics department in business versus liberal arts schools significantly changes the character of the program offered to majors.

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  • David H. Dean & Robert C. Dolan, 2001. "Liberal Arts or Business: Does the Location of the Economics Department Alter the Major?," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(1), pages 18-35, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:32:y:2001:i:1:p:18-35
    DOI: 10.1080/00220480109595167

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    1. 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.
    2. Johnson, Marianne & Kovzik, Alexander, 2016. "Teaching comparative economic systems 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 23-33.
    3. Alex Millmow, 2009. "Cicero's Children: The Worth of the History of Economic Thought for Business Students," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 28(4), pages 355-365, December.
    4. Sam Allgood & William B. Walstad & John J. Siegfried, 2015. "Research on Teaching Economics to Undergraduates," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 53(2), pages 285-325, June.
    5. David H. Dean & Robert C. Dolan, 2011. "Curricular and Co-curricular Aspects of the Economics Major at Highly Ranked Schools," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 69 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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