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Old 06-28-2010, 01:05 AM
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I've research this topic for a bit, but I just want to hear some new opinions. I'm majoring in finance but I've also done a fair bit of statistics and mathematics.

I know that I'm definitely going to do a MSc in Finance or Economics (as long as I get in) after finishing my undergraduate degree.

I'm interested in doing a PhD because I'm really intrigued by economics, especially in asset pricing and risk management. I've looked at journal articles and have seen the type of work done by academics. A major reason for me is that when I encounter things I'm really interested in, I want to know as much as I can about it.

However, I have no interest in pursuing an academic career. Unlike the physical sciences, there's no need to work in labs. This means that I can do research wherever I want. I'm more interested in obtaining a private sector positions because I can do research and it's much easier to implement policies based on my research. For example, a lot of risk management techniques were implemented at Wall Street, albeit unsuccessfully, by people with PhDs.

Yet, since I'm innately interested in doing a PhD, I won't be concerned if having a PhD does not significantly increase my salary while working at the private sector.

Finally, finances are not a problem since usually PhDs are well-funded by the schools.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:36 AM
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Schools vary on the programs that they offer. I actually started a PhD program in economics at a school where they did not offer the finance PhD. I later dropped out after I realized that I would never get a job teaching at the college level because it's impossible to get in and you get paid nothing..so I teach high school. My serious advice is to teach HS in a state where they pay you well.

It took five years to get an MBA in finance and investments and a law degree. You can actually enter a combined program where you can complete both degrees in four years. This option is much more lucrative if you don't want to pursue teaching.

You are going to spend seven years of your life with the PhD, make nothing, and not have amazing job prospects when you are done. Please strongly consider what you are doing before you sign up for this. Been there done that.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:11 AM
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I disagree with JDMBA that you won't have good job prospects when you're done. However, you're not going to get any financial benefit out of spending a few years doing a PhD that you wouldn't get if you spent that time working. PhDs are valued for their training, but that doesn't mean you're going to be at an equal salary level to those who have been moving up the ladder otherwise when you're done.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:10 AM
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All PhDs aren't created equal...either in terms of respect or relevance of institution or field of study to industries like finance or tech full of lots of really, really smart college dropouts, CompSci/Finance undergrads (at age 19) or CompSci PhDs from Stanford, CS PhD dropouts from Stanford, etc

In finance industry, economists (PhD or not) are generally viewed as dumb geeks who weren't smart enough quants to become computer scientists or traders who amassed substantial net worth by their early 30s, proving their risk/reward judgment and innovation in real world of risk, illiquidity, business cycles, competitors, etc

Many of top hedge fund quants are Stanford/Berkeley CompSci PhDs (or undergrads)...DE Shaw, Simons, etc....can't think of any economists who have ever amassed notable personal net worth (at a young age) vs the tech or hedge fund kings or princes...risk-adjusted time value of money, natural selection, and all that...hmmm
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:19 AM
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Do a MBA student is eligible to do his Phd in economis?
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