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Survive Then Thrive: Talent, Research Motivation, and Completing the Economics Ph.D.


Wayne A. Grove


Le Moyne College - Department of Economics

Donald H. Dutkowsky


Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Andrew Grodner


East Carolina University - Department of Economics; Syracuse University

January 2007


Abstract:     
This study investigates the completion of the Ph.D. in Economics. We use ex ante information, based solely upon reviewing a set of individual applications from former doctoral students. Estimation for determining success is done by logit, multinomial logit, and generalized ordered logit. We find that students need different skills and attributes to succeed at each distinct and sequential stage of the doctoral program. Significant determinants for passing the comprehensive exams include high GRE verbal and quantitative scores, a Masters degree, and a prior focus on economics. Research motivation and math preparation play significant roles in completing the dissertation, but having a Masters degree and economics preparation becomes insignificant. GRE scores disappear as a significant determinant for completion in the generalized ordered logit estimates, which emphasize the sequential nature of the Economics Ph.D. program.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: Economics of Education, Economics - Graduate work, Economics students, Prognosis of success - Graduate schools, Higher education

JEL Classification: I21


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Date posted: January 22, 2007  

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Grove, Wayne A. and Dutkowsky, Donald H. and Grodner, Andrew, Survive Then Thrive: Talent, Research Motivation, and Completing the Economics Ph.D. (January 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=958470 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.958470

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Wayne A. Grove
Le Moyne College - Department of Economics ( email )
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syraucse, NY 13214
HOME PAGE: http://webserver.lemoyne.edu/grovewa/
Donald H. Dutkowsky (Contact Author)
Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )
110 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
United States
315-443-1918 (Phone)
315-443-3717 (Fax)
Andrew Grodner
East Carolina University - Department of Economics ( email )
Brewster Building
Greenville, NC 27858
United States
2523286742 (Phone)
Syracuse University ( email )
New York
United States
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