We are indebted to the advice of two anonymous referees. We would also like to thank both John Sloman and John Siegfreid for their help on British and American data on economics degree enrolments respectively.
Did the Global Financial Crisis Have any Impact on Economics Degree Enrolments?*
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Economic Society of Australia
Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 557–567, December 2011
How to Cite
Millmow, A. and Tuck, J. (2011), Did the Global Financial Crisis Have any Impact on Economics Degree Enrolments?. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 30: 557–567. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-3441.2011.00141.x
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Economic degrees;
- economic enrolments;
- economic majors;
- global financial crisis
The Great Depression is famous for enticing a whole generation of young men and women into studying economics especially in Britain and America and even in this country. What then of the great financial turbulence caused by the subprime crisis? Did it provoke an increase in student interest in economics? Or perhaps the relatively milder traverse Australia has enjoyed over the past three years has meant that student interest was not ignited by what was happening overseas. This paper scrutinises the latest enrolment data for Australia and the other Anglophone countries to ascertain whether there has been any marked increase in economics degree enrolments.