The Path to Being an Economics Professor

By Zhengye Chen. University of Chicago. 

What success do United States graduate economics programs have in terms of having their graduates achieve associate or full professor status in top-ranked economics departments? Of the 137 PhD economics programs in the United States, the top 15 produce a substantial share of successful economics research scholars. These top programs in turn get 59% of their faculty from just the top six schools, with 39% coming from only two schools – Harvard and MIT. Details for assistant professors, young stars today, American Economics Association Distinguished Fellows, John Bates Clark Medal recipients, Nobel Laureates, and top overseas economics departments are also discussed.

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