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Success in Economics Major: Is it Path Dependent?

  • CARLOS J. ASARTA

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • ROGER B. BUTTERS

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    (Department of Economics,University of Nebraska)

  • ANDREW PERUMAL

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    (Department of Economics,University of Massachusetts)

The economics profession has consistently demonstrated an interest in increasing the number of students exposed to economics, providing students with a quality education and identifying the key determinants of student success in the economics curriculum. Several strategies have been recommended and include implementing an applied approach rather than a theoretical approach (Okoye, 2011), exposing students to economics as early as possible in their undergraduate careers (Fournier and Sass, 2000), assigning popular professors to principles courses (Becker, 1997; Margo and Siegfried, 1996), modifying the curriculum to make economics more accessible to a broader range of students (Bartlett, 1995) or presenting material in a way that is relevant and interesting to students (Siegfried and Raymond, 1984).

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-11.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:13-11.
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