The Cambridge Economics Tripos 1903-55 and the Training of Economists
Posted: 22 Sep 2001
The performance of students during the first 50 years of the Cambridge Economics Tripos is examined. Students are grouped according to the Parts completed, and an assessment is made of the relative performance. A general comparison of college performance is also made. Students of Part I only are shown to achieve poor results; students taking both Parts do not consistently perform better than those taking only Part II. The results are placed in the context of Marshall's intention that the Tripos should be a three-year training in economics, and also in the context of Harry Johnson's critique of Cambridge economics, which the results generally support.
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