Chapter 9: Stockholm School of Economics Interviews
There are two interviews with Stockholm School students. The first interview was with a woman from Eastern Europe and a man from Sweden. The second interview was with a female Swedish student and a male student from another European country. INTERVIEW 1 How did you end up coming to Sweden? I did my undergraduate degree in economics in the US. Then I worked at a consulting company for a year. I applied to a variety of graduate schools, and this was the best offer I got. Initially I did not expect that I would continue teaching. Instead, I expected to go to an international institution such as the IMF or the World Bank. I only applied to the two schools in Stockholm because I had family reasons to live in Stockholm. I was considering other European universities. How did you judge among the different European universities? I followed standard reputation and talked to my adviser. By reputation, I’d say Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, LSE, UCL [Université Catholique de Louvain], and the Stockholm School of Economics rank in the top five in Europe. In some of them, however, you had to take a Masters program before entering the PhD program, and no one could give you guarantees about entering the PhD program. [Editor’s note: that has since changed at many schools.] Here you did not. I heard that in one school only about 30 percent of the students actually pass the PhD program mainly because the school does not have room for...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.