Chapter 10: Oxford Interview
10. Oxford interview This interview was with four students, from different backgrounds including British, Western European and US. They are upper-level students in their third through fifth year. INTERVIEW There are four men here; would you consider yourself a representative sample of the department, and if not in what way would you differ? Do we all know the department coordinator? [Laughter] [Editor’s note: the department coordinator was extremely helpful in setting up the interviews.] How did you get into economics? I applied for politics, philosophy, and economics as an undergraduate study here intending to drop economics after my first year. But I really enjoyed the economics and carried on with it. I also enjoyed the philosophy, so I meandered into getting an MPhil in philosophy at another school where the MPhil was strongly economics based. Then I did some work in London, which was more economics based, so it was not such a jump into economics. Then I got a fellowship here at Oxford, and I came back here to do the MPhil and DPhil in economics. I went into a program in economics and law. I enjoyed both, but I felt that I was more interested in the economics. I finished the degree and then I came here to do the MPhil and DPhil. I went to an American university as an undergraduate. I wasn’t certain that I was going into economics originally. I really enjoyed physics, but I did major in economics. After graduating, I wasn’t really ready...
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