Fast Track or Failure: A Study of the Completion Rates of Graduate Students in Economics

25 Pages Posted: 2 May 2000 Last revised: 16 Apr 2023

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Geert Ridder

University of Southern California

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of the failure and completion rates of graduate students in economics at three universities in The Netherlands. We find that an indicator of the research productivity of the supervisor is an important determinant of the completion and dropout rates. However, this effect seems due to the fact that supervisors with a good research record attract and select better students. There is no evidence of an independent effect of having a supervisor who is an active researcher.

Keywords: Duration analysis, education, graduate program

JEL Classification: C41, I21

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Ridder, Geert, Fast Track or Failure: A Study of the Completion Rates of Graduate Students in Economics. IZA Discussion Paper No. 107, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=224104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.224104

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