I heard economics is also becoming more and more popular in colleges and universities in Indonesia. If so, why? Here are some knee-jerk speculations:
- Econ is
easiergloomier than physics or pure math but sexy enough to outshine its fellow social sciences -- at least on the newspapers.
- Econ allows you to become a "pengamat ekonomi" (economic commentator), the most respectable position in the media these days -- Wait, as a second thought, you don't even need training or certificate in econ to become a popular "pengamat ekonomi". Accounting and management science will do, any engineering will do, agriculture is alright.
- Econ is flexible: you can teach its principles in the classroom and do the exact opposite in politics or in media. No one will sue you, you're still an economist. Just say: the assumption changes. People will forget.