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Supply short of demand for UW economics classes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's a basic economic problem: The supply isn't meeting the demand. 

Economics students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are having a tough time getting into classes after enrollment in the program surged over the past decade. 

The department had 183 majors 10 years ago. Now it has 442. 

During that time, it added only three faculty. 

Parent Christine Jersild recently wrote the department a letter, complaining that her daughter and another student couldn't get into a class required for their December graduation "despite efforts to be on waiting lists, sit on floors, talk to instructors." 

Her daughter eventually got into the class. 

College of Letters & Science Dean Gary Sandefur says the university would like to add economics professors but can't without more money.

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