ERIC Number: EJ1091626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Opinions of Economics Majors before and after Learning Economics
Hammock, Michael R.; Routon, P. Wesley; Walker, Jay K.
Journal of Economic Education, v47 n1 p76-83 2016
Using longitudinal data on undergraduates from 463 American colleges and universities from 1994-99, the authors examine how majoring in economics affects student opinions on 13 social, political, and economic issues. Economics majors were found to begin and end their college tenure with differing opinions on several issues when compared to other majors, and studying economics was found to be related to changes in several opinions. On the whole, studying economics appeared to increase beliefs in favor of personal freedom and decrease support for government intervention in markets. However, the authors find little evidence that economics majors leave college more united on their opinions when compared to the general student population.
Descriptors: Economics Education, Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Longitudinal Studies, Opinions, Attitude Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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