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March 01, 2008

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Cristiano M. Costa

Interesting...some people just don't want to go over a painful prelim year...maybe MPAID is the way to go.

PS: Professor Rodrik, I was nice to have your talk last week here at Penn.

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This is a great post! Extremely helpful! Thanks so much for posting it, and for mentioning Blattman's post as well. This is really helpful to students, and I really enjoy the discussion!

MJ

So what are the other similar programs? Dani Rodrik may want to comment on the Columbia program- I understand he was involved in starting that program?
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Holger Siebrecht

I'm not sure MPA/ID is the way to go if you want to avoid a painful prelim year. You won't have any prelims and KSG (HKS?) obviously doesn't suffer the same attrition as, say, Chicago -- a good indicator of _how_ tough and painful exactly the first year (or two I guess in the case of Chicago) is -- but it _is_ going to be extremely painful. This is true especially considering that in a Ph.D. program you will have micro, macro, and econometrics whereas in the MPA/ID you'll have another full course in development plus a case workshop.

To me the choice of Ph.D. vs. MPA/ID is simple. If you want to do research and teaching go with a Ph.D. right away. If you want to do development practice, go with the MPA/ID -- it will give you a much more relevant toolkit and network.

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"If you want to do research and teaching go with a Ph.D. right away. If you want to do development practice, go with the MPA/ID -- it will give you a much more relevant toolkit and network."

The only problem with that is that a PhD is now a requirement to do 'development practice' in most international organizations and other development agencies. It is a box that one needs to check off to get the job (or the promotion).

Praveen Kishore

For past three months, I have been collecting information regarding Ph.D. in Eco. and MPA/ID and similar other programs. I have gone through other blogs as well. However,I am still not decided about Ph.D. or MPA/ID. I like economics. I have basic undergraduate degree in Eco.and Mathematics. Thereafter, I got MBA(Finance) from Calcutta University (India) and Masters in Public-policy and Management from IIMB (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalrore, India). I am part of permanent Indian civil service (IRS - Indian Revenue Service, to be precise) with around 10 years of experience in Central (Federal) direct tax department, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India - at operational as well as policy level. I am aged 35 years.

I want to work for IMF/WB or consulting organization. I also like academics/research.

In such a situation -What should I do? MPA/ID or Ph.D.in Eco?


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For past three months, I have been collecting information regarding Ph.D. in Eco. and MPA/ID and similar other programs. I have gone through other blogs as well. However,I am still not decided about Ph.D. or MPA/ID. I like economics. I have basic undergraduate degree in Eco.and Mathematics. Thereafter, I got MBA(Finance) from Calcutta University (India) and Masters in Public-policy and Management from IIMB (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalrore, India). I am part of permanent Indian civil service (IRS - Indian Revenue Service, to be precise) with around 10 years of experience in Central (Federal) direct tax department, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India - at operational as well as policy level. I am aged 35 years.

I want to work for IMF/WB or consulting organization. I also like academics/research.

In such a situation -What should I do? MPA/ID or Ph.D.in Eco?


Thanks

Praveen Kishore

For past three months, I have been collecting information regarding Ph.D. in Eco. and MPA/ID and similar other programs. I have gone through other blogs as well. However,I am still not decided about Ph.D. or MPA/ID. I like economics. I have basic undergraduate degree in Eco. and Mathematics. Thereafter, I received MBA(Finance) from Calcutta University (India) and Masters in Public-policy and Management from IIMB (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalrore, India). I am part of permanent Indian civil service (IRS - Indian Revenue Service, to be precise) with around 10 years of experience in Central (Federal) direct tax department, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India - at operational as well as policy level. I am aged 35 years.

I want to work for IMF/WB or consulting organization. I also like academics/research.

In such a situation -What should I do? MPA/ID or Ph.D.in Eco?

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