Young “Stars” in Economics: What They Do and Where They Go

16 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Kevin Bryan

University of Toronto - Strategic Management

Date Written: July 2019


We construct a data set of job flyouts for junior economists between 2013 and 2018 to investigate three aspects of the market for “stars.” First, what is the background of students who become stars? Second, what type of research does the top of the market demand? Third, where do these students take jobs? Among other results, we show that stars are more likely to be international and male than PhDs overall, that theoretical and semi‐theoretical approaches remain dominant, that American programs both produce the most stars and hire even more, that almost none are hired by the private sector, and that there is a strong shift toward having pre‐PhD full‐time academic research jobs.

JEL Classification: A11, A12, A23, J24

Suggested Citation

Bryan, Kevin, Young “Stars” in Economics: What They Do and Where They Go (July 2019). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 1392-1407, 2019, Available at SSRN: or

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