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    Just wondering roughly what the split is between guys and girls on Economics courses/undergrad degrees. Obviously this varies from uni to uni, but say for the most popular ones, i.e LSE, 60:40?
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    at cambridge i heard it is 65 boys to 15 girls. that looks like a bit of an unreliable ratio though.
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    To be fair I have seen hardly any girls posting on this forum about Economics. Id have to say that I expect the ratio to be very high in favour of guys. 70:30 +

    But then again, thats just a complete guess!
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    (Original post by Biffy Clyro)
    To be fair I have seen hardly any girls posting on this forum about Economics. Id have to say that I expect the ratio to be very high in favour of guys. 70:30 +

    But then again, thats just a complete guess!
    I haven't seen many girls either, mainly guys.

    Oh well, all the better 4 me then..
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    (Original post by alisama)
    at cambridge i heard it is 65 boys to 15 girls. that looks like a bit of an unreliable ratio though.
    Considering there are over 150 economists at Cambridge in each year, that's probably wrong.
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    (Original post by N9ne)
    Considering there are over 150 economists at Cambridge in each year, that's probably wrong.
    Perhaps, though if there were 160 economists one year then they could have divided 130 and 30 by 2. It is a ratio and therefore not constrained by the total.
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    (Original post by alisama)
    Perhaps, though if there were 160 economists one year then they could have divided 130 and 30 by 2. It is a ratio and therefore not constrained by the total.
    It's not very often that a ratio isn't expressed in either its total form or most cancelled down form.

    Regardless, it's quite obvious that there are more males than females studying Economics at most universities. Probably nowhere near equal either.
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    Waaaay more blokes than ladies take economics. Certainly true in the top billing unis.

    70:30 average... but could easily be worse. And in reality, economists aren't usually the most attractive bunch. Though a fair few do break the rule - they aren't a classic hunting ground.
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    Waaaay more blokes than ladies take economics. Certainly true in the top billing unis.

    70:30 average... but could easily be worse. And in reality, economists aren't usually the most attractive bunch. Though a fair few do break the rule - they aren't a classic hunting ground.
    More attractive than CompScis though!
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    (Original post by N9ne)
    More attractive than CompScis though!
    Easily!
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    70:30 average... but could easily be worse. And in reality, economists aren't usually the most attractive bunch. Though a fair few do break the rule - they aren't a classic hunting ground.
    Ohhh yeah :cool:
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    this is bad!
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    Waaaay more blokes than ladies take economics..
    :cheers:
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    Waaaay more blokes than ladies take economics. Certainly true in the top billing unis.

    70:30 average... but could easily be worse. And in reality, economists aren't usually the most attractive bunch. Though a fair few do break the rule - they aren't a classic hunting ground.

    If you think economists aren't attractive, try walking into any science department! On average economists aren't that bad, at least not where ive been.
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    At Oxford it's ~60:20 for E&M. However those 20 are quite impressive - I've yet to meet an unattractive female E&Mist. One of my friends had a theory to explain it: E&Mists generally have city/finance parents, who's fathers are rich and mothers are pretty. PPE does less well for looks, but is a far more even ration, with philosophy and politics evening out the male dominated economics somewhat.

    But hey, I date English students, I've never found an E&Mist fluffy* enough yet.

    *technical Oxford term.
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    An advantage of Cambridge is that Economics lectures are in the Arts building. Since more girls do subjects like English, History, SPS etc, they're going to be in greater numbers there .
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    As opposed to Oxford, where they're in exam schools - the same place every large lecture is? Or in the Gulbenkian for smaller lectures, a lecture theatre inside the Law faculty.
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    (Original post by alisama)
    at cambridge i heard it is 65 boys to 15 girls. that looks like a bit of an unreliable ratio though.
    Nothing so extreme! To me, it looks like 60:40, maybe slightly under. Can't see why you'd care though, lectures are hardly your main socialising opportunity.
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    (Original post by till.anna)
    :cheers:
    I can't believe you'd ever struggle for male attention...


    You work with the people you take the course with... don't you? :confused: Maybe socialise a bit after completing that long assignment...

    Part of the appeal of the top unis if that you're surrounded by equally capable people who push each other to the top. Learning in groups is dead handy...
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    (Original post by President_Ben)
    I can't believe you'd ever struggle for male attention...

    You work with the people you take the course with... don't you? :confused: Maybe socialise a bit after completing that long assignment...

    Part of the appeal of the top unis if that you're surrounded by equally capable people who push each other to the top. Learning in groups is dead handy...
    I don't struggle

    No seriously, I would not feel comfortable in a class with just guys (or just girls for that matter) simply because it would be boring in the long run and I would miss the diversity of mixed sexes.

    The thought of a class with a minority of girls would also put me off, since I would fear that it would be expected of me to be friends with these girls and socialize with them "first". The out coming might be, I don't like them for whatever reason and spend time with male friends and then get resented by the girls because of this... Don't know if it's the same in the uk but in swe this would most likely happen.

    Of course you work with the people in your course and if you fail to do that you either have a really lousy class or you should consider another path in life. In the working career you must be able to cooperate with men/women whether you like them or not..... It just makes studies/work so much easier if you do.

    50/50 must be the ideal.

 
 
 
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