A Review of David Colander's The Making of an Economist, Redux
Hamermesh, Daniel S. 2008. "A Review of David Colander's The Making of an Economist, Redux."
Journal of Economic Literature,
David Colander's update/reworking of his 1987 volume draws conclusions about
graduate study in economics from interviews with students in selected leading U.S.
programs. Although not formally statistical, the interviews support the conclusion
that most of the core of graduate instruction (except macro) is handled very well.
Colander's concern about the lack of attention to training teachers is well founded. His
conclusion that fewer idiots savants are being trained than in the 1980s is overly optimistic,
and his worry about stresses that graduate students express is misplaced.
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Hamermesh, Daniel S. (U TX)
A11: Role of Economics; Role of Economists
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