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The Relevance Of Graduate Programs In Agricultural And Resource Economics


  • Lass, Daniel A.


The relevance of graduate training in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts is investigated through a survey of graduates. The survey questionnaire and measures of relevancy are discussed. Results are presented for three cohorts: graduates currently in Ph.D. programs, M.S. graduates currently employed, and Ph.D. graduates currently employed. Results for all cohorts indicate that their graduate training is relevant to their jobs; however, all cohorts also favored increased application and reduced mathematics and theory. In addition, graduates suggested the need to bolster graduate training in economics with applied courses in business to improve competitiveness in private job markets.

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  • Lass, Daniel A., 1997. "The Relevance Of Graduate Programs In Agricultural And Resource Economics," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 26(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:31559

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    1. Colander, David, 2003. "The Aging of an Economist," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 25(02), pages 157-176, June.
    2. Hansen, W Lee, 1990. "Educating and Training New Economics Ph.D.s: How Good a Job Are We Doing?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 80(2), pages 437-444, May.
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