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Quality Matters: The Expulsion of Professors and the Consequences for PhD Student Outcomes in Nazi Germany

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I investigate the effect of faculty quality on PhD student outcomes. To address the endogeneity of faculty quality I use exogenous variation provided 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 in a 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.

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  • Waldinger, Fabian, 2010. "Quality Matters: The Expulsion of Professors and the Consequences for PhD Student Outcomes in Nazi Germany," Munich Reprints in Economics 68903, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:68903
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