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CEP discussion paper
Quality Matters - the Expulsion of Professors and Ph.D. Student Outcomes in Nazi Germany
Fabian Waldinger
June 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0985:
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JEL Classification: I2; I21; J24; N34

Tags: phd students; university quality; faculty quality; nazi germany; dismissal of professors

I investigate the effect of faculty quality on Ph.D. student outcomes. To address the endogeneity of faculty quality I use exogenous variation provided by the expulsion of mathematics professors in Nazi Germany. I find that faculty quality is a very important determinant of short and long run Ph.D. student outcomes. A one standard deviation increase in faculty quality increases the probability of publishing the dissertation in a top journal by 13 percentage points, the probability of becoming full professor by 10 percentage points, the probability of having positive lifetime citations by 16 percentage points, and the number of lifetime citations by 6.3.