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The Academic Origins of Economics Faculty

We use roster data of 96 top U.S. economics departments to document the academic origins of their tenure-track faculty. Academic origins may have implications for how undergraduate (B.A.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) students are trained and placed, as well as the type of research produced. We find that faculty educated at top-ranked Ph.D. universities are overrepresented; e.g., over half of our sample attended a top 15 university, and over a third attended a top six university. We find similar, but less pronounced, patterns for B.A. origins; e.g., over a third of those with a U.S. B.A. attended a top 15 university.

Keywords
PhD Origins, Economics Departments
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/38hc-n034

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Jones, Todd R., and Arielle Sloan. (). The Academic Origins of Economics Faculty. (EdWorkingPaper: 20-324). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/38hc-n034

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