Monday, May 13, 2013

A Harvard Ph.D
The last paragraph "The last word in this story goes a study published in 2012 the journal Psychological Science. “In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874),” the researchers wrote, “we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood.”"
I have seen a few mathematics dissertations from prestigious universities of USA (and India too) which are nor correct. In the Us cases I know, the committee members, all from the same department, just went along with the adviser, who was very reputed but careless. In one Indian case, I told the candidate that there was a mistake at the very beginning which invalidates the whole thesis and he got his degree anyway. When I requested for a copy of the thesis through inter library loan, there was no response. In another case, I excused myself since the thesis was very weak and the candidate was in our department. Later he got his Ph.D but I did not see for which thesis. I heard that he could not answer a question in his oral examinations and was beaten up by his adviser. Some Indian oral examinations seem more serious than the American ones.
P.S. where Borjas says that Richard Zackhauser was the chairman of the thesis committee but the thesis is posted at Huffington Post

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