Are Economics Majors A Declining Species?

Economics may be the dismal science, as Thomas Carlyle observed, but at least during the 1980s that didn't deter the interest of college students. Between the 1979-80 and 1989-90 academic years, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to economics majors in the U.S. rose from 16,409 to 23,923, and their share of all BAs grew from 1.9% to 2.3%.

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