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A Guide to Graduate Study in Economics: Ranking Economics Departments by Fields of Expertise


  • Therese C. Grijalva

    () (Department of Economics, Weber State University, Ogden, UT 84408-3807, USA)

  • Clifford Nowell

    () (Department of Economics, Weber State University, Ogden, UT 84408-3807, USA)


Ph.D. programs in economics are ranked overall and by subject field. The results provide insight to students researching graduate programs in economics in specific subject fields. Results indicate that (i) differences in overall research productivity measures diminish as a university's rank declines; (ii) a university ranked highly in a particular subject field may be the result of a single, extremely productive faculty member; and (iii) many programs outside the traditional top 20 programs are ranked high in specific subject fields.

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  • Therese C. Grijalva & Clifford Nowell, 2008. "A Guide to Graduate Study in Economics: Ranking Economics Departments by Fields of Expertise," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(4), pages 971-996, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:4:y:2008:p:971-996

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    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate


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