A Comparison of the Undergraduate Economics Major in Europe and in the United States

24 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2006

See all articles by Henrique Pedro Currais Monteiro

Henrique Pedro Currais Monteiro

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (Department of Economics)

Alexandra Ferreira Lopes

Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE)

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

In this work we compare the undergraduate Economics majors and their underlying structure in the top-ranked Economics departments of Europe and the United States. We identify the fundamental courses usually included in an Economics major by means of a cluster analysis. We further distinguish between those courses which are required and those which are usually offered as electives. We find striking differences between the USA and Europe, especially regarding the nature of the main electives offered. The insights from this comparative study could be especially useful for the ongoing restructuring of undergraduate Economics majors in some European countries caused by the Bologna Process.

JEL Classification: A12, A22

Suggested Citation

Currais Monteiro, Henrique Pedro and Lopes, Alexandra Ferreira, A Comparison of the Undergraduate Economics Major in Europe and in the United States (July 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=916960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.916960

Henrique Pedro Currais Monteiro (Contact Author)

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (Department of Economics) ( email )

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Alexandra Ferreira Lopes

Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) ( email )

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Lisboa, 1600-189
Portugal

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