Waldinger, Fabian (2010) Quality matters: the expulsion of professors and Ph.D. student outcomes in Nazi Germany. CEP Discussion Paper, No. 985. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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I investigate the effect of faculty quality on Ph.D. student outcomes. To address the endogeneity of faculty quality I use exogenous variation provided by the expulsion of mathematics professors in Nazi Germany. I find that faculty quality is a very important determinant of short and long run Ph.D. student outcomes. A one standard deviation increase in faculty quality increases the probability of publishing the dissertation in a top journal by 13 percentage points, the probability of becoming full professor by 10 percentage points, the probability of having positive lifetime citations by 16 percentage points, and the number of lifetime citations by 6.3.
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