Factors explaining the choice of an economics major: The role of student characteristics, personality and perceptions of the profession

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Title Factors explaining the choice of an economics major: The role of student characteristics, personality and perceptions of the profession
Author Higgs, Helen; Worthington, Andrew Charles
Journal Name International Journal of Social Economics
Editor John O'Brien
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Abstract A bivariate probit model is used to predict the choice of an economics major in a sample of first-year, undergraduate business students. The paper examines the statistical significance of a number of student-related characteristics on the likelihood of choosing an economics major, along with the role of student personality and perceptions of the profession. Factors analysed include secondary studies in economics, accounting and business, grade point average and attendance pattern, along with perceptions of the economics profession arrayed along dimensions of interest, independence, structure and precision. It would appear that the primary influences on the selection of a major in economics comprise student personality and level of interest in the profession.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713683833
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0963928032000088831
Volume 31
Issue Number 5/6
Edition 2004
Page from 593
Page to 613
ISSN 0306-8293
Date Accessioned 2006-07-11
Date Available 2013-02-07T04:50:20Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Econometric and Statistical Methods
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27601
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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