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David Romer's Rules for Making It Through Graduate
School and Finishing Your Dissertation
"Out in Five"
- Don't clutter up your life with other activities; just
- 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;
- 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, be alarmed.
- If you don't have a paper largely drafted by the fall of
your fourth year, panic.
- Have three new ideas a week while you are getting
- Don't try to game the profession, work on what interests
- Good papers in economics have three characteristics:
- A viewpoint.
- A lever.
- A result.
of Economics J. Bradford DeLong, 601 Evans Hall, #3880
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