Is Economics a Good Major for Future Lawyers? Evidence from Earnings Data

15 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015

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John V. Winters

Iowa State University - Department of Economics

Abstract

The current study examines earnings differences for practicing lawyers by undergraduate major with a focus on economics majors. Some majors do much better than others. Economics majors tend to do very well in both median and mean earnings, and both without and with controlling for individual characteristics. Electrical engineering, accounting, finance, and some other majors also do relatively well. This information is useful for undergraduates planning to attend law school and considering what undergraduate major field to study. Economics appears to be a very good option.

Keywords: college major, earnings, economics major, lawyers, attorneys

JEL Classification: I20, I26, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Winters, John V., Is Economics a Good Major for Future Lawyers? Evidence from Earnings Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9416. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675473

John V. Winters (Contact Author)

Iowa State University - Department of Economics ( email )

260 Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States

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