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The Incentives of Future Economists - Striking a Balance between Tools and Relevance

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  • Boschini, Anne

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Lindquist, Matthew

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Pettersson, Jan

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Roine, Jesper

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Abstract

As a contribution to the recent debate about graduate education in Economics, we have surveyed all students enrolled in the Stockholm Doctoral Program in Economics. We believe that this is a good representative of a strong European graduate program which in the early 1990's adopted a US-style structure. Our results show that students enter with a relatively broad academic background and an interest in social science and real world problems, but find that incentives within the program do not encourage participation in the policy debate. To the extent that graduate school is educating idiots savants it is not because students enter with no interest. Our results are remarkably similar to those found by Colander and Klamer (1987) in their survey of American graduate students in the late 1980's.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 550.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 27 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0550

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  1. Petersen, Verner C., 2005. "The otherworldly view of economics - and its consequences," Working Papers 2005-13, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Management.
  2. Wendy A. Stock & T. Aldrich Finegan & John J. Siegfried, 2006. "Attrition in Economics Ph.D. Programs," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 0608, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  3. Johansson, Dan, 2004. "Economics without Entrepreneurship or Institutions: A Vocabulary Analysis of Graduate Textbooks," Ratio Working Papers 58, The Ratio Institute.
  4. Jonung, Christina & Ståhlberg, Ann-Charlotte, 2006. "The Fruits of Economics - A Treat for Women? On gender balance in the economics profession in Sweden," Working Paper Series 5/2007, Swedish Institute for Social Research.

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