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To cite this article: J. Peter Ferderer & Gary Krueger (2017) Building research skills in the Macalester economics major, The Journal of Economic Education, 48:4, 301-305, DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2017.1353464

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Economics majors at Macalester College have won numerous awards for their research papers, and this success has helped them land jobs in finance, consulting, and the nonprofit sector, as well as gain admission to top graduate programs. This article describes how the Economics Department at Macalester promotes economic research among its students.



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