The Making of a European Economist
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The Making of a European Economist

David Colander

David Colander’s highly original and thought provoking book considers ongoing changes in graduate European economics education. Following up on his earlier classic studies of US graduate economic education, he studies the ‘economist production function’ in which universities take student ‘raw material’ and transform it into economists, In doing so he provides insight into economists and economics.
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Chapter 7: Pompeu Fabra Interviews

David Colander


7. Pompeu Fabra interview Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a relatively new university in Barcelona, Spain. It was established in 1990, and has quickly established a reputation as one of the top universities in continental Europe teaching US-style economics. The interview is with four students—two from Latin America and two from continental Europe. They are in their third through fifth years. INTERVIEW How did you happen to come to Pompeu Fabra? I am from Latin America. I applied to US universities, but then a friend of mine suggested that it is better to try a European university. Since I didn’t have much information about schools, I relied on his recommendations. He recommended Pompeu Fabra and Tilburg. Although I am from continental Europe, I did my undergraduate degree in England and by the time I applied for graduate programs, it was too late to apply to either the US or the UK. So I knew that I would have to go to a school in continental Europe. I asked my professors, and they suggested a number of schools, of which this was one. I am also from continental Europe. My decision to come to Pompeu Fabra was based on my preference for finding a good economics program in Spain. I am from Latin America as well. I was studying in Prague, where I did a Masters degree. I wanted to do a PhD at a good university in Europe and Pompeu Fabra was one of them. Would you see yourself as...

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