Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 12 No. 3 (Summer 1998)


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Foreign Students in U.S. Doctoral Programs

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Aslanbeigui, Nahid, and Veronica Montecinos. 1998. "Foreign Students in U.S. Doctoral Programs." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 12(3): 171-182.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.12.3.171


In 1996, foreigners represented over half of the doctoral student population in economics, up from 20 percent in 1972. This article presents a profile of foreign students in economics Ph.D. programs in the United States based on survey and interview data collected in 1996. In addition to exploring students' assessment of their education, interests and career plans, the authors offer explanations for the rising proportion of foreign students, explore the implications of this phenomenon, and suggest the need for further research on the teaching of economics and the practice of the profession, both in the United States and abroad.

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Aslanbeigui, Nahid (Monmouth U)
Montecinos, Veronica (PA State U, McKeesport)

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A14: Sociology of Economics
I21: Analysis of Education


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