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...
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