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Quality Matters - the Expulsion of Professors and Ph.D. Student Outcomes in Nazi Germany

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  • Fabian Waldinger

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I investigate the effect of faculty quality on Ph.D. student outcomes. To address the endogeneity of faculty quality I use exogenous variation provided by the expulsion of mathematics professors in Nazi Germany. I find that faculty quality is a very important determinant of short and long run Ph.D. student outcomes. A one standard deviation increase in faculty quality increases the probability of publishing the dissertation in a top journal by 13 percentage points, the probability of becoming full professor by 10 percentage points, the probability of having positive lifetime citations by 16 percentage points, and the number of lifetime citations by 6.3.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0985.

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Keywords: PhD students; university quality; faculty quality; Nazi Germany; dismissal of professors;

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  1. Does faculty quality matter for PhDs?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-08-06 14:23:00
  2. Evidence on how the quality of professors matter
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-07-26 16:10:00
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  1. Voigtländer, Nico & Voth, Hans-Joachim, 2012. "(Re-) Shaping Hatred: Anti-Semitic Attitudes in Germany, 1890-2006," CEPR Discussion Papers 8935, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Mevlude Akbulut Yuksel & Mutlu Yuksel, 2013. "The Long-Term Direct and External Effects of Jewish Expulsions in Nazi Germany," HiCN Working Papers 154, Households in Conflict Network.
  3. Toman Omar Mahmoud & Hillel Rapoport & Andreas Steinmayr & Christoph Trebesch, 2013. "The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic," Kiel Working Papers 1869, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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