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The Economics Degree in Australia: Down but Not Out?


  • David K. Round
  • Martin P. Shanahan


Before 1980, strong demand existed in Australia for the economics degree. Since then, competition from programs in business and management has increased. Student preferences have shifted from university and secondary economics. Economics enrollments have declined in both sectors. The authors analyze these trends and assess economic education publications by Australian economists.

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  • David K. Round & Martin P. Shanahan, 2010. "The Economics Degree in Australia: Down but Not Out?," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(4), pages 425-435, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:4:p:425-435 DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2010.510401

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    1. Ross Guest, 2013. "Towards Learning Standards in Economics in Australia," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 32(1), pages 51-66, March.
    2. Alan Duhs & Ross Guest, 2011. "Economics Education in Australia," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 72 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Green, Tom L., 2013. "Teaching (un)sustainability? University sustainability commitments and student experiences of introductory economics," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 135-142.
    4. repec:beh:jbepv1:v:1:y:2017:i:s:p:5-8 is not listed on IDEAS

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