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Where can I find information about the demographics about previous majors of Finance/Econ PhD applicants to US schools?

I mainly want to know what are their undergraduate/graduate majors. I assume most of them would be Econ/Finance major, but how many actually comes from a different major? How many of them carries a math double major?

Even information of a particular school would be helpful.

  • Do you want university, nationwide, or worldwide statistics? What makes you think this information is publicly available? – Dmitry Savostyanov Nov 5 '15 at 17:09
  • I don't know if the nationwide information is publicly available. But a particular school's information or some estimate of the nationwide situation would be very helpful – manga_lovers Nov 5 '15 at 17:14
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Other than surveying separate programs and students in these programs, you might find the PowerStats (National Center for Education Statistics) product helpful. NCES collects data on undergraduate majors, graduate majors, etc. It'll take some exploration to see if the data is there -- and you will likely have to merge different datasets.

http://nces.ed.gov/datalab/powerstats/default.aspx

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Perhaps the Survey of Earned Doctorates (http://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/survey-of-earned-doctorates-(sed).aspx ) will help. I am not very familiar with the contents (you have to pay to get the data), but a summary report http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf06312/ has enough detail to look promising.

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