Todd R. Jones
Field of Economics
404 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2016||Are High-Quality PhD Programs at Universities Associated with More Undergraduate Students Pursuing PhD Study?|
with Ronald G. Ehrenberg: w22372
This paper investigates which attributes of a Carnegie PhD-level institution predict the share of its undergraduate BA recipients that will earn a PhD. Four broad PhD fields are studied: humanities, physical sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences. We use restricted-access, individual-level Survey of Earned Doctorates data to determine both where and when PhD recipients received their BA, and truncation-correction methodology to account for PhD receipt after the data end. Across fields, we find that PhD production is positively related to the number of highly-ranked PhD programs an institution has, suggesting such departments may play a dual role in both producing PhDs as well as encouraging undergraduates to earn PhDs themselves. We also find that PhD production is negatively rela...