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To study (or not to study) economics: Results of the RBA student survey

Student enrolment numbers in economics have starkly declined in Australian high schools over recent decades. Furthermore, diversity among economics students on the basis of gender and socioeconomic background has also declined during this time. These statistics prompt us to ask what has contributed towards these trends?

In this webinar, we will be joined by Tanya Livermore and Mike Major from the Reserve Bank of Australia who will share the results of a comprehensive survey of secondary school students. The survey was commissioned by the RBA to better understand students' perceptions of economics and their motivations to study (or not to study) economics as a subject.

The study reveals that many students lack an interest in, or understanding, of economics as a subject. This webinar will unpack the findings of the survey, including looking closely at the perceptions of female students, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The webinar will be moderated by Associate Professor Duygu Yengin (Director of Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide, and inaugural member of the WEN National Committee). Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions. 

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