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Developments in the production of economics PhDs at four research-intensive universities in South Africa

dc.contributor.authorDe Jager, Phillipen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorFrick, Liezelen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Der Spuy, Pieteren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-20T12:08:06Z
dc.date.available2017-04-20T12:08:06Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationDe Jager, P., Frick, L. & Van Der Spuy, P. 2017. Developments in the production of economics PhDs at four research-intensive universities in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 113(3/4), Art. #2016-0117, doi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20160117
dc.identifier.issn1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20160117
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101510
dc.descriptionCITATION: De Jager, P., Frick, L. & Van Der Spuy, P. 2017. Developments in the production of economics PhDs at four research-intensive universities in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 113(3/4), Art. #2016-0117, doi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20160117.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://sajs.co.za
dc.description.abstractThere is a national drive to increase PhD production, yet we know little about how this imperative takes shape within different disciplines. We therefore set out to explore recent developments and the current status of the PhD in economics at four South African research-intensive universities. A data set of all economics PhDs produced in these commerce faculties during the period 2008–2014 was analysed to determine whether the departments of economics responded to the call for increased doctoral production, and the role the PhD by publication might have played in the process. How an increase in quantity might influence doctoral education in the respective academic departments was also considered by supplementing the quantitative data with perspectives from heads of department at the four institutions. The notable increase in doctoral production over the time period studied shows that national and international trends have influenced doctoral education in economics departments within South African research-intensive universities. Increased usage of the PhD by publication has implications for policy and pedagogical practice within these departments, especially as there seems to be limited available supervisory capacity. Other changes in departmental practices, such as the entrenchment of a research culture and the promotion of collaborative research amongst students and staff, also contributed to maintain quality in doctoral education.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.sajs.co.za/developments-production-economics-phds-four-research-intensive-universities-south-africa/phillip-de-jager-liezel-frick-pieter-van-der-spuy
dc.format.extent9 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africa
dc.subjectEconomics educationen_ZA
dc.titleDevelopments in the production of economics PhDs at four research-intensive universities in South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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