By Gabriel Martinez, July 12, 2010 in Pedagogy and Teaching
So says David Colander at the Chronicle of Higher Education:
If the economics major's popularity is not due to its intellectual dynamism or connection to business, to what is it due? I suspect a mundane explanation: It is the "just right" major. By "just right" I mean that the economics major provides the appropriate middle ground of skill preparation, analytic rigor, and intellectual excitement that students look for in a major, and that employers look for when hiring students.
The book he cites in the article is Educating Economists: The Teagle Discussion on Re-evaluating the Undergraduate Economics Major. His paper within that book was published in the American Economic Review.