STUDENT NUMBERS AND SUSTAINING COURSES AND FIELDS IN PH.D. PROGRAMS

Many agricultural economics departments are concerned about the vitality of their Ph.D. programs. A particular problem is insufficient student numbers to justify teaching certain courses or fields. As a consequence, much faculty time can be spent debating alternative program structures without any real idea of the likelihood that a proposed program structure will succeed. This article presents a framework for deriving some analytical and empirical results for alternative Ph.D. program structures. A downloadable program is used to generate some representative results that will hopefully help others minimize speculations and time spent in committee or departmental meetings.


Issue Date:
2002-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/15076
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 34, Number 3
Page range:
531-546
Total Pages:
16
JEL Codes:
A2; Q1




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