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25 graduate students enrolled in the Economics graduate program at the University of California in the fall of 1991.
As of the late spring of 1997:
24% had withdrawn from the program (16% had withdrawn early--in the first year and a half).
16% were still attempting to proceed through the program (including 4% who had left but hope to return).
60% had finished the program and found jobs--either had completed their Ph.D.'s, had taken a more than one-year job without completing their Ph.D.'s hoping to finish, or had taken a more than one-year job and decided that ABD status was acceptable.
The jobs held by this 60% of the entering class were:
- Visiting Professor, Universita Pompeu Fabra
- Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics, Rutgers U.
- Assistant Professor, U.C. Irvine
- Assistant Professor, U. of Buenos Aires and CEDES
- Assistant Professor, Cornell U.
- Assistant Professor, U. Southern California
- Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Demography, U.C. Berkeley
- Staff Economist, World Bank
- Staff Economist, General Accounting Office
- Research Economist, Bank of Italy
- Staff Economist, U.S. Department of Justice
- Mortgage Consulting Group, San Francisco, CA
- Microsoft, Redmond, WA
- [undecided] (between two offers)
Conclusion: If you make it through the first two years of the Berkeley Economics Ph.D. program, then your chances of landing a tenure-track job (or the equivalent non-academic job--World Bank Young Professionals Program, DOJ Staff Economist, etc.) within seven years after beginning the program are more than 70%...
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