Employment Growth in Iowa's Targeted Industries, 1992-97

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2000-01-01
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Eathington, Liesl
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Swenson, David
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Economics

The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 to teach economic theory as a truth of industrial life, and was very much concerned with applying economics to business and industry, particularly agriculture. Between 1910 and 1967 it showed the growing influence of other social studies, such as sociology, history, and political science. Today it encompasses the majors of Agricultural Business (preparing for agricultural finance and management), Business Economics, and Economics (for advanced studies in business or economics or for careers in financing, management, insurance, etc).

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The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 under the Division of Industrial Science (later College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); it became co-directed by the Division of Agriculture in 1919. In 1910 it became the Department of Economics and Political Science. In 1913 it became the Department of Applied Economics and Social Science; in 1924 it became the Department of Economics, History, and Sociology; in 1931 it became the Department of Economics and Sociology. In 1967 it became the Department of Economics, and in 2007 it became co-directed by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business.

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1898–present

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  • Department of Economic Science (1898–1910)
  • Department of Economics and Political Science (1910-1913)
  • Department of Applied Economics and Social Science (1913–1924)
  • Department of Economics, History and Sociology (1924–1931)
  • Department of Economics and Sociology (1931–1967)

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Iowa's economy has transformed markedly over the years. For more than a decade, the state has enjoyed persistent nonfarm employment growth. The economy of the 1990s, in terms of its composition, is substantially different from the economy of a decade or two before. Some of the changes mirror changes made nationally -- the emergence of information technologies, computers, software, along with the expansion of the personal and business services sectors. Other changes are unique to the state and may represent a capitalization upon Iowa's existing strengths, i.e., food processing, animal and plant sciences. In addition, some of the changes may represent broad-based shifts in the location and kinds of production nationally.

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