24 Pages Posted: 2 May 2000
Date Written: January 2000
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.
JEL Classification: C41, I21
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
van Ours, Jan C. and Ridder, Geert, Fast Track or Failure: A Study of the Completion Rates of Graduate Students in Economics (January 2000). IZA Discussion Paper No. 107. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=224104