Why Too Few Students Do Maths and Science

CEPS Policy Brief No. 313

6 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2014

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Ilaria Maselli

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Miroslav Beblavý

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: January 10, 2014

Abstract

Policy-makers often fret about the low number of university graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Proposed solutions often focus on providing better information for students and parents about the employability or average wages of different fields to emphasise that STEM professions pay. This paper argues that, from a personal point of view, students are actually making rational decisions, if all benefits and costs are factored into the equation. The authors conclude, therefore, that public policy needs to change the incentives to induce students to enter these fields and not just provide information about them.

Keywords: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, STEM, university, students

Suggested Citation

Maselli, Ilaria and Beblavý, Miroslav, Why Too Few Students Do Maths and Science (January 10, 2014). CEPS Policy Brief No. 313, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381924

Ilaria Maselli (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Miroslav Beblavý

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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