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The Making of an Economist, Redux


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Preface vii CHAPTER ONE: Introduction: Understanding Economics and Economists 1 PART I: THE SURVEY RESULTS 17 CHAPTER TWO: The Making of an Economist, Redux 19 CHAPTER THREE: Further Results from the Survey 60 CHAPTER FOUR: How the Views of the Original Survey Respondents Have Changed 84 PART II: CONVERSATIONS WITH GRADUATE STUDENTS 107 CHAPTER FIVE: Harvard Interview 109 CHAPTER SIX: Princeton Interviews 126 CHAPTER SEVEN: Stanford Interview 148 CHAPTER EIGHT: MIT Interviews 165 CHAPTER NINE: Chicago Interviews 188 CHAPTER TEN: Columbia Interview 215 PART III: REFLECTIONS ON THE SURVEY AND INTERVIEWS 225 CHAPTER ELEVEN: Does This Have to Be Our Future? (Arjo Klamer) 227 CHAPTER TWELVE: Reflections on the Survey (Robert M. Solow) 234 CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Academic Research Game and Graduate Economics Education 239 Notes 251 Bibliography 259 Index 261

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The Making of an Economist, Redux is self-recommending. David Colander's work on the profession of economics is by far the best we have. A significant follow-up to his book of twenty years ago, it will become the standard account of what economics graduate school is like. -- Tyler Cowen, George Mason University

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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).


"This work is an essential read for undergraduates considering graduate work in economics; it is also valuable reading for anyone interested in learning about what is being taught, and how it is being taught, at the top-ranked institutions in the field."--M.L. White, Choice "Will economics departments and bodies such as our own Royal Economic Society step up to the challenge Colander sets them with this book, and reshape the graduate curriculum? I hope so, or we will find ourselves with even fewer graduate students in economics than we have now."--Diane Coyle, Times Higher Education Supplement "[T]his book is ... a must-read especially for ... those who are contemplating going into graduate training in economics ... and for all those who have influence on the content and design of graduate programmes in economics. For all others this can still be a book for the coffee-table, since my own experience has shown that it does function quite well as a conversation starter."--Rene L. P. Mahieu, Erasmus Journal For Philosophy and Economics

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