Colleges Wonder Why The Ranks are Disproportionately Thin; Economics Major Draws Few Women

Why are women electing economics in far fewer numbers than men? That's a matter of debate prompting Ann L. Owen and Elizabeth J. Jensen, economics professors at Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y., to examine the reasons; at Hamilton, a little less than half the students are female but only about 20 percent of economics majors...  "We want to make sure women are given every opportunity to succeed in economics; economics majors tend to do better in the job market, and the discipline is good preparation for an MBA, law school, and public policy," said Owen, an assistant professor. 

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