28 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2001
Date Written: August 22, 2001
We analyze the production process of Ph.Ds in economics in the Netherlands. Our empirical results are consistent with the incentives that the actors in this process face. Universities succeed in making students who are unlikely to graduate or will need a long time to graduate quit the program. Supervisors who are active researchers have higher graduation and lower dropout rates. This effect is due to the fact that active researchers attract 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: Suggested Citation
van Ours, Jan C. and Ridder, Geert, Fast Track or Failure: A Study of the Graduation and Dropout Rates of Ph.D. Students in Economics (August 22, 2001). USC CLEO Research Paper No. C01-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=281016 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.281016