Completion Rates and Time-to-Degree in Economics PhD Programs

Wendy A Stock, John J Siegfried, T. Aldrich Finegan
2011 The American Economic Review  
With generous financial support from the Ford and Spencer foundations, for over eight years we have tracked the progress of 586 individuals who entered one of 27 economics PhD programs in fall 2002. In this final report on the project we describe the progress the students in this entering cohort had made by fall 2010, eight years after matriculating. Statistics describing the cohort's educational outcomes, subdivided into National Research Council (NRC) quality "tiers" (Marvin L. Goldberger,
more » ... ndan A. Maher, and Pamela Ebert Flattau 1995) , are reported in Table 1 . Tier 1 contains the six highest-ranked programs (three are in our sample), tier 2 the next nine (we have six), tier 3 the next 15 (we have seven), tier 4 the next 18 (we have six), and tier 5 the approximately
doi:10.1257/aer.101.3.176 fatcat:hx2fv3rkhjgkbjl235yjyy6geu