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The Changing Distributions of New Ph.D. Economists and Their Employment: Implications for the Future


  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg


This essay addressed the changing demographic composition of new Ph.D.s in economics and the changing distribution of the jobs that they are obtaining. It discusses how future trends may interact to influence the types of training that economists may provide their graduate students and the types of faculty positions that academic institutions may provide for new Ph.D. economists in the future.

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  • Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 1999. "The Changing Distributions of New Ph.D. Economists and Their Employment: Implications for the Future," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 13(3), pages 135-138, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:13:y:1999:i:3:p:135-138 Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.13.3.135

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    1. Ehrenberg, Ronald G, 1992. "The Flow of New Doctorates," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 30(2), pages 830-875, June.
    2. Ronald G. Ehrenberg & Panagiotis G. Mavros, 1995. "Do Doctoral Students' Financial Support Patterns Affect Their Times-To-Degree and Completion Probabilities?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 30(3), pages 581-609.
    3. Jerry R. Green, 1993. "Future Graduate Study and Academic Careers," NBER Chapters,in: Studies of Supply and Demand in Higher Education, pages 145-182 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Kasper, Hirschel, et al, 1991. "The Education of Economists: From Undergraduate to Graduate Studies," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 29(3), pages 1088-1109, September.
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    1. T. Aldrich Finegan & Wendy A. Stock & John J. Siegfried, 2006. "Matriculation in U.S. Economics Ph.D. Programs: How Many Accepted Americans Do Not Enroll?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 96(2), pages 453-457, May.
    2. M. Tcha & H. Ahammad & Y. Qiang, 2000. "What Future Australian Professors in Economics and Business Think: Results from twin surveys of PhD students," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 00-16, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    3. Matthias Sutter & Martin Kocher & Robert Mrsic, 2002. "Representation and Educational Background of European Economists in Top Journals of Economics," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 29(4), pages 275-288, December.
    4. Bruno S. Frey, 2000. "Was Bewirkt die Volkswirtschaftslehre?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 1(1), pages 5-33, February.
    5. Bruno Frey, 2006. "How Influential is Economics?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 154(2), pages 295-311, June.

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    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations


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