Chapter 6: LSE Interviews
6. LSE interviews There are two LSE interviews. Each interview is with three male students. The students are from a variety of countries throughout Europe and one student is from North America. INTERVIEW 1 Do you consider yourselves a representative sample of the students here? As a group, we’re not too bad. None of us are English, which is consistent with the student body. But by subject, we’re missing a theoretical econometrician. We have three men here. Is that representative of the student body here? In my year there was a 50–50 split. That’s quite unusual. I would think that in the entire PhD program, there are about 25–30 percent women. In Track 2, there are many more men than women. Would you think I would get different results if I had women here being interviewed? I suspect you might, but I have no idea what they would be. I have seen no gender difference in the type of issues students complain about. How did you each get into studying economics? I studied industrial engineering in my home country before I came here, and that was 20 percent pure economics. I found that the issues that were raised were very interesting, and tools that were used to answer questions were interesting. At first, I tried to get into a PhD program in my home country, which at the time seemed like the option to take. But I chose LSE because it was considered more valuable internationally. I have...
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