Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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1: Preliminaries: The Lowdown on Academic Economics and Ph.D. Programs

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pp. 1-13

So you’re thinking of going to graduate school in economics. I applaud your good taste and discernment. Now is the right time to study economics. Thanks to Freakonomics and blog-and op-ed-wielding economists, we Ph.D. economists seem almost cool; not...

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2 :Applying to Ph.D. Programs: It's Both What You Know and Who You Know

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pp. 14-37

So you’ve done the requisite amount of navel gazing and decided that you do indeed want to apply to Ph.D. programs in economics. The process seems straightforward: write a one-page statement about your favorite subject (yourself), ask a few professors for letters...

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3 Getting Through First Year: Welcome to Boot Camp

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pp. 38-60

There is nothing like the first year in graduate school. And we should be very, very glad of this. The first year of a doctoral program is universally considered the worst year of a graduate student’s life. There are a couple of reasons why this is the case. First, there is absolutely...

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4: Acing Second Year: Getting On with Graduate Life

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pp. 61-67

Congratulations! You’ve passed the first year and made it to the second year of graduate school. It’s all downhill (in a good way) from here. During the second year, you will have the opportunity to take courses in your specialized fields of interest, attend seminars, and start your own research projects. After the stresses of the first year...

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5: Finding a Topic and an Advisor: Like Getting Married … to a Polygamist

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pp. 68-84

The worst is over. You are done with all the courses that you will ever have to take in your entire life. You are a free person. But like most newly released prisoners, you will need to adjust to your new life and its freedoms. Some people adjust well, others...

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6: Getting Distracted: TAing, RAing, and the Meaning of Life

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pp. 85-96

I’ve spent the last several chapters talking about the academic part of graduate school. But there is a large part of grad school that does not relate to academia at all. In this chapter, I discuss a hodgepodge of issues that frequently arise during graduate school but are not really...

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7: Thrown In with the Sharks: Women and International Students

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pp. 97-113

It is an empirical statement, not a political statement, to say that the majority of faculty and students in economics departments at U.S. universities are American males. This simple fact has implications for students who are not in this category. At the very least...

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8: Getting a Job: Taking Your Show on the Road

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pp. 114-136

While the first year may be the worst year of grad school, the last year may well be its most stressful. Now that you’ve got the hang of this grad school thing, you are now being asked, with very little guidance, to find yourself a job. After spending an inordinate...

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9: Conclusion: The Ph.D. Economist-at-Large

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pp. 137-142

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are fewer than sixteen thousand economists working in the United States.1 It’s a small club. If someone gathered all of us in a football stadium in a medium-sized American city, we wouldn’t even fill three-fourths of...

Index

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pp. 143-146