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Economics of corruption in doctoral education: The dissertations market

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  • Osipian, Ararat L.

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This paper addresses the issue of “dissertations for sale” in Russia. The tasks of this anthropological study include establishing the problem of corruption in doctoral education, identification of the dissertations suppliers, study of the specific services they offer, analysis of their prices on different services, and generalizations of findings in the context of the educational system. All of these tasks address the supply side of the dissertations market. This paper identifies a total of 169 firms that offer dissertations for sale in Russia. It concludes that the cost of the dissertations market extends far beyond its monetary expression. Fake doctorates undermine the credibility of real, earned doctorates, and erode the gold standard of quality in research and scholarship.

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  • Osipian, Ararat L., 2012. "Economics of corruption in doctoral education: The dissertations market," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 76-83.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:31:y:2012:i:1:p:76-83
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.08.011
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    1. Ararat Osipian, 2010. "Corrupt Organizational Hierarchies in the Former Soviet Bloc," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 17(4), pages 822-836, December.
    2. Osipian, Ararat, 2007. "“Feed from the Service”: Corruption and Coercion in the State—University Relations in Central Eurasia," MPRA Paper 10818, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    3. Annika C. Froehlich, 2016. "Does the curricular structure affect doctoral enrolment?," Journal of Business Economics, Springer, vol. 86(9), pages 1067-1089, December.
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    5. Elena Denisova-Schmidt & Martin Huber & Elvira Leontyeva, 2016. "Do Anti-Corruption Educational Campaigns Reach Students? Some Evidence from Russia and Ukraine," Educational Studies, Higher School of Economics, issue 1, pages 61-83.

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    Keywords

    Corruption; Dissertation; Doctoral degrees; Higher education; Russia;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • P37 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Legal

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