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Where Do New Ph.D. Economists Go? Evidence from Recent Initial Job Placements

35 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2012 Last revised: 31 Oct 2012

Jihui Chen

Illinois State University

Qihong Liu

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics

Sherrilyn M. Billger

Illinois State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: October 26, 2012

Abstract

We use data from the 2007-2008 Ph.D. economist job market to investigate initial job placement in terms of job location, job type, and job rank. Our results suggest gender differences in all three dimensions of job placement. Relative to their male counterparts, female candidates are less (more) likely to be placed into academic (government or private sector) jobs and, on average, are placed into worse ranked jobs. Foreign female candidates are also more likely than foreign males to stay in the U.S. When foreign students are placed outside the U.S., they are more likely to be in academia than in government or private sector, while the opposite holds when foreign students are placed in the U.S., which is largely consistent with a stylized theory model. Our results also reveal various country/region heterogeneities in the type, location, and rank of job placements.

Keywords: Ph.D. labor market, Job type, Job location, Job rank

JEL Classification: A11, A23, J44

Suggested Citation

Chen, Jihui and Liu, Qihong and Billger, Sherrilyn M., Where Do New Ph.D. Economists Go? Evidence from Recent Initial Job Placements (October 26, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2145937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2145937

Jihui Chen

Illinois State University ( email )

Campus Box 4200
Economics Department
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://about.illinoisstate.edu/jchen4/pages/default.aspx

Qihong Liu (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - Department of Economics ( email )

Norman, OK 73019-2103
United States
405-325-5846 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://qliu.oucreate.com

Sherrilyn M. Billger

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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