The economic reward for studying economics

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Journal Article

Undergraduate advisors in economics departments suggest that the study of economics is good preparation for a variety of careers, including economics, consulting, analysis, and administration, and they argue that economics is a solid prelaw or pre-MBA major. In this article we provide some empirical evidence about each of these contentions. We find that among college graduates who do not earn advanced degrees, economics majors generally earn more than similar individuals with other majors. We show also that among individuals who pursue graduate degree programs in business and law, economics majors earn more than undergraduate majors in most other academic disciplines.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Black, DA; Sanders, S; Taylor, L

Published Date

  • July 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 365 - 377

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0095-2583

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ei/cbg014

Citation Source

  • Scopus