Research, teaching, and ‘other’: what determines job placement of economics Ph.D.s?

Ryan S. Sullivan, Alissa Dubnicki, Donald H. Dutkowsky

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This article examines job placement for Economics Ph.D.s seeking junior-level positions using a data set constructed from job candidate vitas, public websites, and queries to programme directors. Based upon multinomial logit estimation, being from highly ranked graduate institutions and having high quality publications has a significantly positive effect on placement at a top 20 academic institution or Doctoral-level institution. Teaching experience–as a teaching assistant (TA) or independent instructor–has a significantly positive effect on placement, but only for institutions ranked below the top 60, Masters and Baccalaureate institutions, and non-tenure track academic positions. We find little evidence on the effect of teaching in tenure track hires for departments with Doctoral programmes or mid-tier prestige. Moreover, teaching experience has a significantly negative effect on placement in the top group of academic institutions in Economics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3477-3492
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number32
StatePublished - Jul 9 2018


  • Job placement
  • Ph.D. program
  • candidate
  • graduate school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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