David Romer’s Rules for Making It Through Graduate School and Finishing Your Dissertation

1. Don’t clutter up your life with other activities; just write.
2. 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 3. shows the full extent of your professional skills; just write.
4. Don’t write a well-organized, well-integrated, unified dissertation; just write. Don’t think profound thoughts that shake the intellectual foundations of the discipline; just write.
5. 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.
6. Have three new ideas a week while you are getting started.
7. Don’t try to game the profession, work on what interests you.
8. Good papers in economics have three characteristics:
A viewpoint.
A lever.
A result.

“Out in Five”
Source: Brad De Long’s Website


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