Saturday, April 28, 2007

"The Making of an Economist, Redux"

David Colander has been the Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College since 1982. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 80 articles and over 30 books, including The Making of an Economist, Redux.

He applied the "page 69 test" to his book and reported the following:
The Making of an Economist, Redux is about graduate economics education and what it means to be an economist. Page 69 is part of a table that characterizes the likes of students. The real meat of the book is to be found in the introduction and chapters 1, 2 and 4, the interviews, and the three chapters at the end reflecting on the meaning of the survey results and the interviews. What students like about their graduate education, which is what is presented on page 69, plays a small role in the book, but I suspect most readers will be interested in the broader issues discussed -- such as the change in economic education over the last 20 years, and the student interviews which give the reader a good sense of the way economists think.
Learn more about The Making of an Economist, Redux at the Princeton University Press website.

Check out the complete list of books in the Page 69 Test Series.

--Marshal Zeringue