The Making of a Global European Economist

22 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2008

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David Colander

Middlebury College - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper provides results of a survey of European graduate programs that are designing their programs to be similar to top US programs and compares those results to an earlier study done by the author of US schools. The study (1) provides a profile of European graduate economics students; (2) considers the degree to which European training at these schools differs from U.S. training; (3) offers some insights into the differences that exist among some top European programs in economics, and (4) provides a glimpse of the views that the students have of economics and of the training they are receiving. It finds that these global European programs are similar in many ways to US programs and that the students are satisfied with the programs. However, because of the different job markets in the US and Europe, it is not clear that the training is appropriate for the majority of European students. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the concerns that should be kept in mind by other programs as they consider adapting their programs to become a global program. These concerns include the argument that the traditional European system did a number of things right; the European academic economics institutional structure is quite different from the U.S. institutional structure; and the U.S. system has its own set of problems.

Suggested Citation

Colander, David, The Making of a Global European Economist. Kyklos, Vol. 61, Issue 2, pp. 215-236, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6435.2008.00399.x

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