Economics is becoming an elite subject for elite UK universities

James Johnston, Alan Reeves

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UK universities have had to become much more responsive to changes in the pattern of demand and compete with one another for different revenue streams. James Johnston and Alan Reeves ask how this has played out in relation to the undergraduate economics degree, finding that new universities have retreated from offering economics programmes even as student numbers rose substantially. The authors argue that the role of research evaluation exercises cannot be ignored in this development and that there is a widening gulf between new and old universities. Moreover, the study of economics is being restricted along class lines, with students from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely to attend new universities and thus less likely to have access to economics programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInternet
PublisherThe London School of Economics and Political Science
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2014


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