The Making of an Economist, Redux

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Princeton University Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 268 pages
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Economists seem to be everywhere in the media these days. But what exactly do today's economists do? What and how are they taught? Updating David Colander and Arjo Klamer's classic The Making of an Economist, this book shows what is happening in elite U.S. economics Ph.D. programs. By examining these programs, Colander gives a view of cutting-edge economics--and a glimpse at its likely future. And by comparing economics education today to the findings of the original book, the new book shows how much--and in what ways--the field has changed over the past two decades. The original book led to a reexamination of graduate education by the profession, and has been essential reading for prospective graduate students. Like its predecessor, The Making of an Economist, Redux is likely to provoke discussion within economics and beyond.


The book includes new interviews with students at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Chicago, and Columbia. In these conversations, the students--the next generation of elite economists--colorfully and frankly describe what they think of their field and what graduate economics education is really like. The book concludes with reflections by Colander, Klamer, and Robert Solow.


This inside look at the making of economists will interest anyone who wants to better understand the economics profession. An indispensible tool for anyone thinking about graduate education in economics, this edition is complete with colorful interviews and predictions about the future of cutting-edge economics.

 

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Contents

THE SURVEY RESULTS
17
Chapter Three
60
Chapter Four
84
CONVERSATIONS WITH GRADUATE STUDENTS
107
Chapter
126
Chapter Seven
148
Chapter Eight
165
Chapter Nine
188
Chapter
215
REFLECTIONS ON THE SURVEY
225
Chapter Thirteen
239
Bibliography
259
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David Colander is Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Why Aren't Economists as Important as Garbagemen?, The Lost Art of Economics, Economics (Irwin/McGraw-Hill), and The Stories Economists Tell (Irwin/McGraw-Hill).

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