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    A late-starter for an academic career, Wellesley College alumna (1899) Mary Barnett Gilson attained her highest academic degree (A.M.) from Columbia at the tender age of about 49 years following a career in industrial relations.  She then spent ten years teaching economics at the University of Chicago before retiring as an assistant professor

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  The following brief “State of the Department of Economics” memorandum written by the Harry A. Millis, the chairman of the University of Chicago’s economics department (1928-1938), was found in the files of the President Robert M. Hutchins for whose eyes the memo was clearly intended. I wonder who was the “understudy” of Henry Schultz

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  The process of awarding a Ph.D. in economics is governed by rules, so every so often I add a program’s rule-book here. The following excerpt from the Graduate Student’s Guide even provides a bit of motivation and interpretation of the rules for economics graduate students at Columbia University in the mid 1950s. Recently an exam for

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    In this post we find transcriptions of three exams from the M.I.T. economics department for 1952 and 1956. The date of the second of the three is somewhat uncertain, with only a handwritten note “Spring 1956 (?)” at the top indicating the likely date. Since the question involving changes in bank balance sheets is

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  In a recent series of posts Economics in the Rear-view Mirror has provided transcriptions of undergraduate comprehensive examinations in economic for Harvard (1931), Wesleyan (1931), Princeton (1929 and 1932), and Swarthmore (1931).  The general examination for Harvard (1939) was posted even earlier. Found in John Kenneth Galbraith’s papers with his Harvard tutorial materials is the

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  While the paired Harvard graduate economic courses Economics 106a and 106b shared a common title “Economic Analysis and Public Policy”, it appears as though Alvin Hansen taught a course in macroeconomic analysis and his colleague Sumner Slichter taught a topics in public policy course (parallel play). Hansen’s course attracted 59 students while Slichter’s course

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  Filed away in the archived records of the University of Chicago’s Office of the President is a copy of a report from January 1925 from Miami University (Ohio) that was based on a survey of college and university professors to obtain a rank ordering of graduate programs in different fields. The following ordering for

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  In most U.S. colleges and university at the turn of the 20th century, an economics department was basically a one-man band. The courses at Washington University for the academic year 1897-98 were taught by the University of Chicago Ph.D. alumnus (1897), Henry Rand Hatfield. ___________________ Washington University Announcement of Courses in Economics 1897-1898 Department

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      This post turns out to include nearly twenty pages worth of artifacts bearing on the so-called Bemis controversy at the University of Chicago in 1895. Edward W. Bemis was a student of Richard T. Ely at Johns Hopkins University where he earned a Ph.D. in 1885 with the thesis “Local Government in

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  Over the past few days Economics in the Rear-view Mirror has posted comprehensive undergraduate economics exams around 1930 from Harvard, Princeton, and Swarthmore. Today I add an economics comprehensive exam from Wesleyan University to round out this cross-section. ________________ Comprehensive Examination in Economics Wesleyan University, 1931 Part I (Two hours) Answer TWO of the

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