Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126582
Authors: 
Barnard, Helena
Cowan, Robin
Müller, Moritz
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series in Economics, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 82
Abstract: 
This paper compares the career effects of overseas and domestic PhD training for scientists working in an emerging economy, South Africa. Variations in scientific achievements of South African academics may arise be- cause those who attend "better" PhD programmes receive better training, but it may also be because good students select into good universities. We examine selection and training effects for four tiers of South African and two tiers of foreign universities. Those who received PhDs from universities in industrialized countries tend to be more productive than those whose PhDs were locally granted, but universities from industrialized countries do not necessarily provide better training than local universities. Pure selection effects contribute to career outcomes nearly as much as training effects. When looking at training in isolation, PhDs from top South African universities produce a similar quantity and quality research output to those from leading universities in the developed world.
Subjects: 
Scientific mobility
Doctoral studies
University evaluation
Developing country
South Africa
Technological upgrading
JEL: 
F63
H52
I2
O15
O20
O30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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