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David Romer’s Rules for Making It Through Graduate School and Finishing Your Dissertation
“Out in Five” “Out in 3.5”

Don’t clutter up your life with other activities;
just write.

Don’t carry out a thorough and comprehensive search of the literature;
just write.

Don’t attempt to make sure that every page you write shows the full extent of your professional skills;
just write.

Don’t write a well-organized, well-integrated, unified dissertation;
just write.

Don’t think profound thoughts that shake the intellectual foundations of the discipline;
just write.

If you don’t have a paper started by the spring of your third year Autumn of your second year (March 2011),
be alarmed.

If you don’t have a paper largely drafted by the fall of your fourth year Spring of your second year (September 2011),

Have three new ideas a week while you are getting started.

Don’t try to game the profession,
work on what interests you.

Good papers in economics have three characteristics:
o A viewpoint.
o A lever.
o A result.


Timely reminder from a folder of things I keep. So true! Money runs out January 2013, with a possible extension to June 2013. So, I will and have to be out of here in 3.5 years.


Written by Jasmine

February 7, 2011 at 13:10

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