Quality Matters: The Expulsion of Professors and the Consequences for PhD Student Outcomes in Nazi Germany
I investigate the effect of faculty quality on PhD student outcomes.To address the endogeneity of faculty quality I use exogenous variationprovided by the expulsion of mathematics professors in Nazi Germany. Faculty quality is a very important determinant of short- and long-run PhD student outcomes. A one-standard-deviation increase in faculty quality increases the probability of publishing the dissertation ina top journal by 13 percentage points, the probability of becoming a full professor by 10 percentage points, the probability of having positive lifetime citations by 16 percentage points, and the number of lifetime citations by 6.3. (c) 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
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