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Determinants of Student Choice of Undergraduate Major Field

  • Cebula, Richard
  • Lopes, Jerry

This paper investigates the determinants of student choice of under­graduate major field. It argues that this choice depends on a variety of pecuniary and non-pecuniary factors. After allowing for the recent trends toward Accounting and Business Administration, the empirical results indicate that earnings differentials among fields and differences in the rate of change in earnings among fields are the most important factors in the student's decision.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 49826.

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Date of creation: 02 Nov 1981
Date of revision: 05 Feb 1982
Publication status: Published in American Education Research Journal 2.19(1982): pp. 303-312
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:49826
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  1. W. Lee Hansen, 1963. "Total and Private Rates of Return to Investment in Schooling," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 71, pages 128.
  2. James V. Koch, 1972. "Student choice of undergraduate major field of study and private internal rates of return," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 26(1), pages 680-685, October.
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