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ERIC Number: ED055568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Pages: 80
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An Economic Theory of Ph.D. Production: The Case at Berkeley.
Breneman, David W.
It is generally difficult to appraise the efficiency with which resources are allocated in the education industry because the outputs of education are often difficult to measure. This study focuses on one output of the university: the Ph.D. degree and examines the factors that influence the production of that output. The case study was made at the University of California at Berkeley where a wide diversity exists among departments in their efficiency Ph.D. production. Specifically, the study develops and tests an economic theory that explains the extremes in attrition and time to degree in the University's 28 Ph.D. programs. Chapter I deals with the differences in departmental performance in terms of Ph.D. production, and the limitations of earlier research regarding this problem. Chapter II develops the theory of departmental behavior. It presents a theory of graduate student behavior and a theory of faculty motivation. It also examines the relation of faculty objectives to departmental objectives, discusses the factors that enter into the department's objective function, and synthesizes the elements of analysis into a theory that explains departmental differences in pattern and timing of graduate student attrition. (AF)
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
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