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Frequently Asked Questions about the Undergraduate Economics Major

The choice of a major is a critical decision to every prospective college and university student. For many prospective students, economics is an excellent choice. The study of economics is both challenging and financially rewarding. Moreover, job placement experts recognize economics as a flexible degree, suitable for the modern labor markets in which people can expect to change careers several times during their working lives. By choosing a flexible degree, students can avoid, or minimize, the necessity of extensive retraining for another career.

This is why it is often difficult to provide a simple answer to question: "What do economists do?" The answer is that economists can do many things and, because of this, can successfully pursue careers in many areas.

Here are our responses to some commonly asked questions by students who wonder whether economics is a good degree for them.

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