I’m bad at math. Can I still study economics?
- random_manLv 72 months ago
You'll have trouble I think.
It depends on what you mean by "bad at math" but if you want to progress beyond 100-level courses, you'll need to at least have a decent understanding of calculus-level math.
I just got my M.S. in applied economics. I joke that "I'm good at math until there are no longer any numbers" - meaning as soon as it's entirely symbols I struggle. I was definitely challenged in Macro-, Micro-, and Econometrics, with the math.
I don't know as the math I faced was really that sophisticated compared to an actual math major or engineering, but for me it was a challenge, as I haven't really had much advanced math instruction. I had to basically learn some of the math at the same time as I was learning the economics, which made it a lot of work. It would have been easier if I had a stronger base in math ahead of time.
- JohnLv 52 months ago
although you might have to take more time grasping some underlying theories.
Economics is about supply and efficiency of work.
- OiyLv 62 months ago
No, even the best economic historian in this country like Prof Wolff can play around with data. You won’t have a chance to pass more than 101.
- AnonymousLv 72 months ago
Ha ha. Yes. Economics is anti-math.