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So You Want to Earn a Ph.D. in Economics: How Long Do You Think it Will Take?

  • John Siegfried


    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University; American Economic Association)

  • Wendy A. Stock

    (Department of Economics, Montana State University)

The elapsed time taken to earn a Ph.D. in economics is analyzed with data from 618 1996-97 Ph.D.s. A duration model indicates that students supported by fellowships, and those holding a prior masters degree finish faster. Americans, those who take jobs before completing their degree, and those with children take longer. Kids slow the progress of women, but not men. The only difference among fields is more time required for industrial organization and international economics. There is no difference in time-to-degree between men and women, married and single students, older and younger students, and those enrolled in larger or smaller Ph.D. programs.

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Paper provided by Vanderbilt University Department of Economics in its series Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers with number 0037.

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Date of creation: Sep 2000
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Handle: RePEc:van:wpaper:0037
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