Research on Doctoral Studies

Research on Doctoral Studies:


Susan Athey, Lawrence F. Katz, Alan B. Krueger, Steven Levitt und James Poterba: What Does Performance in Graduate School Predict? Graduate Economics Education and Student Outcomes. American Economic Review, 97(2): 512–520, 2007.

The authors investigate the performance of Ph.D. students (in Economics) in their first year courses to determine the influence it has on the likelihood that they finish their thesis and their subsequent success in the labor market.


Thomas C. Buchmueller, Jeff Dominitz und W. Lee Hansen: Graduate Training and the Early Career Productivity of Ph.D. Economists. Economics of Education Review, 18 (1), 65-77, 1999.

This paper analyzes the relationship between the attributes of graduate economics programs, and the occupational choices and publishing proficiency of recent Ph.D’s. The study indicates that research experience in graduate school (e.g. working as a research assistant, submitting and publishing articles) is positively associated with subsequent publishing proficiency. Other variables included in the analysis include: graduate school ranking, graduate school faculty size and its publishing proficiency, and individual demographic characteristics and academic experiences.


Ana Rute Cardoso, Paulo Guimaraes und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Comparing Early Research Performance of PhD Graduates in Labor Economics in Europe and the USA. Scientomotrics, 84 (3), 621-637, 2010.

This paper analyzes the early research performance of PhD graduates in labor economics, addressing the following questions: Are there major productivity differences between graduates from American and European institutions? If so, how relevant is the quality of the training received (i.e. ranking of institution and supervisor) and the research environment in the subsequent institution of the job placement?


Wayne A. Grove, Donald H. Dutkowsky und Andrew Grodner: Survive then Thrive: Determinants of Success in the Economics Ph.D. Program. Economic Inquiry, 45 (4), 864-871, 2007.

This study deals with influential factors for successful doctoral studies. The success factors of the first year exams and the completion of the thesis are examined.


Wayne Grove und Stephen Wu: The Search for Economics Talent: Doctoral Completion and Research Productivity. American Economic Review 97(2), 506-511, 2007.

The article examines what information in applications aids in finding candidates who have a high probability of completing their doctorate and successfully publishing.


Michael J. Hilmer und Christiana E. Hilmer: Dissertation Advisors and Initial Job Placements for Economics Ph.D. Recipients. Applied Economics Letters, 14 (4-6), 311-314, 2007.

The authors examine the extent to which the reputation of a doctoral supervisor affects the professional success of their doctoral students aspiring to an academic career.


Michael J. Hilmer und Christiana E. Hilmer: Fishes, Ponds, and Productivity: Student-Advisor Matching and Early Career Publishing success for Economics Ph.D.s. Economic Inquiry, 47 (2), 290-303, 2009.

The authors examine how the reputation of a doctoral adviser affects the productivity of their doctoral students.


Michael J. Hilmer und Christiana E. Hilmer: Is it where you go or who you know? On the relationship between students, Ph.D. program quality, dissertation advisor prominence, and early career publishing success. Economics of Education Review, Volume 30, Issue 5, 991-996, 2011.

The authors examine the extent to which a program’s quality and the prominence of the doctoral supervisor affect the future publishing successes of the doctoral students.


John J. Siegfried und Wendy A. Stock: So You Want to Earn a Ph.D. in Economics? How Long Do You Think It Will Take? Journal of Human Resources, 36 (2), 364-378, 2001.

The authors investigate the influence of various factors on the duration of doctoral studies.


Wendy A. Stock und W. Lee Hansen: Ph.D. Program Learning and Job Demands: How Close Is the Match? American Economic Review, 94 (2), 266-271, 2004.

The authors examine the question of how well Ph.D. students (in Economics) were prepared for their future profession. Their analysis is based on surveys of former Ph.D. students who evaluated whether economic skills (such as critical judgment about hypotheses, analytical skills, etc.) have been sufficiently trained.


Wendy A. Stock und John J. Siegfried: So You Want to Earn a Ph.D. in Economics: How Much Do You Think You'll Make? Economic Inquiry, 39 (2), 320-335, 2001.

The authors examine which factors have the greatest influence on the starting salary of post- graduate students in the US labor market.


Wendy A. Stock und John J. Siegfried: Time-to-Degree for the Economics Ph.D. Class of 2001-2002. American Economic Review, 96 (2), 467-474, 2006.

In this paper, the authors investigate factors influencing the duration of doctoral studies.


Wendy A. Stock und John J. Siegfried: Completing an Economics Ph.D. in Five Years. American Economic Review, 99 (2), 624-629, 2009.

The authors have examined what characteristics of Ph.D. programs curtail the average length of study time?


Wendy A. Stock, T. Aldrich Finegan und John J. Siegfried: Attrition in Economics Ph.D. Programs. American Economic Review, 96 (2), 458-466, 2006.

This article investigates the reasons for the termination of doctoral studies.


Wendy A. Stock, T. Aldrich Finegan und John J. Siegfried: Can you earn a Ph.D. in economics in five years? Economics of Education Review, 28 (5), 523-537, 2009.

The authors investigate factors with a positive effect on the probability of graduating with a PhD within five years.


Wendy A. Stock, John J. Siegfried und T. Aldrich Finegan: Completion Rates and Time-to-Degree in Economics PhD Programs (with comments by David Colander, N. Gregory Mankiw, Melissa P. McInerney, James M. Poterba). American Economic Review, 101(3), 176–188, 2011.

The authors examine the factors that influence the likelihood and duration of completing a dissertation.

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