ERIC Number: EJ953784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
The Discouraged-Business-Major Hypothesis Revisited: Could Economics Be the Encouraged-Business-Major?
Asarta, Carlos J.; Butters, Roger B.
Journal of Economic Education, v43 n1 p19-32 2012
The term "Discouraged-Business-Major" (DBM) describes students who become discouraged with the rigorous standards of colleges of business and migrate to colleges of arts and sciences to complete a degree in economics under relaxed requirements (Salemi and Eubanks 1996). Following Salemi and Eubanks, the present authors examine a decade of demographic characteristics and ability measures for every economics and business graduate at a large Midwestern university. They find DBMs, but also note that major selection dynamics are much more complex than originally expected. Finally, they employ a multinomial logit model to estimate the marginal effects of student characteristics on major choice. (Contains 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Economics Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics, Ability, Majors (Students), Business Administration Education, College Graduates, Degree Requirements, Bachelors Degrees, Predictor Variables
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska