Lunchtime Seminar: Trends in Economics Enrolments at Australian Universities
From: Thursday November 23, 2017, 12:30 pm
To: Thursday November 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
Abstract: In a speech given on 29 July 2017, Dr Jacqui Dwyer (Head of the Reserve Bank’s Information Department) showed that there has been a sharp drop in the number of students studying economics in Year 12 since the early 1990s, alongside a substantial decline in diversity – as measured by gender, institution and socioeconomic status. University data suggest that economics enrolments have also fallen since the early 1990s, though not as dramatically as at the high school level. However, the trends in the gender, institutional and socioeconomic diversity of the Year 12 economics student population are also present in the university-level data. Over the past decade, female participation in economics has declined, and the share of economics students with a high socioeconomic status has increased. At the same time, economics enrolments have become concentrated at fewer institutions. What are the implications of this landscape for the study of economics? Join the seminar to discuss.
About the Speaker: Richard Evans is an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. He has been on secondment to the Public Access & Education team within the Bank’s Information Department for the past three months. Previously he worked in the RBA’s Economic and Financial Stability departments.
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