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F orty-six major league stadiums and arenas were built or renovated for teams in the four principal professional U.S. sports leagues between 1990 and 1998. As of the end of 1999, an additional 49 professional sports facilities were either under construction or in the planning stages. 1 At the turn of the millennium there were a total of 115 teams in the… (More)
To evaluate the within-session and inter-session repeatability of a new, short-duration transient visual evoked potential (SD-tVEP) device on normal individuals, we tested 30 normal subjects (20/20 visual acuity, normal 24-2 SITA Standard VF) with SD-tVEP. Ten of these subjects had their tests repeated within 1-2 months from the initial visit. Synchronized… (More)
T he appointment of a new Secretary of the American Economic Association provides an opportunity for assessing the Association's memberships trends and ''market coverage.'' Toward these ends, I have assembled information about trends in both aggregate Association membership and the proportion of academic economists who are members of the Association, and a… (More)
Americans know little about economics. Recent surveys document shocking gaps in understanding of markets, macroeconomic policy, and the economics of government. Both the general public and college students, including economics course-takers, do poorly on questions that check their knowledge. In a Gallup survey (William B. Walstad and Max Larsen, 1992), most… (More)
Doctoral programs in the humanities and related social sciences are characterized by high attrition and long time-to-degree. In response to these long-standing problems, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched the Graduate Education Initiative (GEI) to improve the structure and organization of PhD programs, and in turn reduce attrition and shorten… (More)
for their comments on an earlier version of the paper. However, all views expressed in this paper are strictly my own.
Dugan is a 1999 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences. We thank both Greg Perfetto of the Provost's Office of Special Projects and Melanie Ford of the Office of Alumni and Development at Vanderbilt University for enormous help in assembling the data set used in this project.
Based on the median salary for full-time jobs held by new Ph.D. economists in the United States, a rough estimate of the opportunity cost of taking an additional year to earn an economics Ph.D. was $74,000 in 2002. 1 The median time required to earn a Ph.D. for the class of 2002 was 5.5 years, up from 5.25 years for the class of 1997. 2 If the three-month… (More)
An honors program fits the current passion for active, in-depth learning and " capstone experiences. " Principles that guide a successful undergraduate economics honors program include simplicity, accessibility, skill development, risk minimization, and incentives to combat procrastination. The model program specifies three of the usual six electives and… (More)