Survive Then Thrive: Determinants of Success in the Economics Ph.D. Program

8 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2007  

Wayne A. Grove

Le Moyne College - Department of Economics

Donald H. Dutkowsky

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Andrew Grodner

East Carolina University - Department of Economics

Abstract

This study investigates the completion of the Ph.D. in economics. We use ex ante information, based upon reviewing individual applications from former doctoral students. Students need different skills to succeed at each distinct stage of the doctoral program. Significant determinants for passing the comprehensive exams include Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal and quantitative scores, a Masters degree, and prior focus on economics. By contrast, research motivation and math preparation play significant roles in completing the dissertation. GRE scores become insignificant for completion in the generalized ordered logit estimates, which emphasize the sequential nature of the Economics Ph.D. program.

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Grove, Wayne A. and Dutkowsky, Donald H. and Grodner, Andrew, Survive Then Thrive: Determinants of Success in the Economics Ph.D. Program. Economic Inquiry, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 864-871, October 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022721 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2007.00041.x

Wayne A. Grove (Contact Author)

Le Moyne College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Donald H. Dutkowsky

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
United States
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315-443-3717 (Fax)

Andrew Grodner

East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Greenville, NC 27858
United States
2523286742 (Phone)

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