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Influences on the supply of accounting graduates in Australia: a focus on international students

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This paper examines the influences on the potential supply of accounting graduates in Australia with reference to the personal and social influences on the decision to major in accounting using the Theory of Reasoned Action and focusing on differences between local and international students. Responses from 437 accounting majors’ found that personal attitudes linked to ‘intrinsic interest’ and ‘extrinsic interest’ was influential in choice of major. ‘Reference groups’ were an important social influence for international students. The findings have implications for government policy and the accounting profession in terms of attracting students and particularly international students, who are sufficiently interested in accounting as a career choice to address the skill shortage in Australia.
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Keywords: Accounting skills shortage; Gender; International students; Intrinsic and extrinsic interests; M41

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Accounting and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne, 3001, Australia 2: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, Melbourne, 3125, Australia

Publication date: 01 March 2009

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