The Professional Development of Graduate Students in Economics

15 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2008

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KimMarie McGoldrick

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

Gail Ann Mitchell Hoyt

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics

David Colander

Middlebury College - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2008

Abstract

This paper provides insight into the skill development activities of graduate students at U.S. institutions providing graduate education in economics. It documents the extent of student participation in and preparation for research and teaching activities while in graduate school. Over fifty percent of students are involved in teaching related activities including grading, leading recitation sections, and teaching their own sections with and without guidance. Most were generally satisfied with their preparation. About fifty-five percent of graduate students attend economic conferences, twenty percent present papers, twenty-two percent submit papers and ten percent have published. Important differences by assistantship assignments, institutional rank, and gender in such activities are highlighted. Findings suggest that programs could do more to prepare students for participation in professional activities post graduation.

JEL Classification: A23

Suggested Citation

McGoldrick, KimMarie and Mitchell Hoyt, Gail Ann and Colander, David, The Professional Development of Graduate Students in Economics (August 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1267672 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1267672

KimMarie McGoldrick

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

Richmond, VA 23173
United States

Gail Ann Mitchell Hoyt (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States
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859-323-1920 (Fax)

David Colander

Middlebury College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Middlebury, VT 05753
United States
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