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Tuesday April 01 2008

imageDecisions decisions:

It is now the time of year when the next generation of economists is deciding where to attend graduate school. Those with the best undergraduate records will typically choose either Harvard and MIT.

And?  Or surely.  Oh well.  But how to choose, between Harvard and MIT?  (I’m guessing there was originally a between in there.) Read, as we bloggers say, the whole thing.  It’s not that long, and his first point is: relax, both are very good.

It’s interesting how geographical proximity looms so large in an educational decision of this sort, the point being that there is still no better way to learn from a professor (of from anyone) than to work alongside the guy and watch his every move, day after day.  (Hence my inclusion of distance learning in the category list for this posting.  Equal and opposite point: distance learning has severe limitations.  Further point: you still have to read the guy’s stuff.)

One of the key reasons why these two places are both so attractive to grad students of economics is that not only is each economics faculty very good, but that it is very near to another very good economics faculty, namely the other one.  Harvard and MIT are only two miles apart.