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What is the top free market/Austrian school?

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shackleford posted on Wed, Nov 2 2011 5:29 PM

I'm talking about from an outside, general perspective or ranking. I know of WVU, Suffolk, NYU, GMU, etc. I saw a thread on here that said GMU is not very high in the rankings. What would be a more prestigious university?

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I'd say from a "best of both worlds" perspective, as in, balancing between free-market-friendly faculty, and outside world ranking, GMU is probably it.  From just a general USA Today ranking, I believe NYU would be ranked highest...but then again, rankings change when you get into specific departments, so it's possible GMU has a more highly ranked econ department.

 

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I guess I could check the rankings. I think I have before. GMU is ahead of WVU.

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I don't think one should plan to exclusively study Austrian economics at a college or university for the simple reason, that you can study it on your own.    The few universities that you've listed (other than NYU) have extremely bad job prospects (both graduate and undergrad), so it probably won't be worth your time.

Btw, even GMU is not wholly Austrian; there's a quite a few Austrians, but many mainstream economists are there too.  I believe public choice theory (a field with an Austrian flavor) is their main selling point.

Also, NYU has exactly one faculty member whom you would consider 'Austrian' - don't go there solely because of this.

Are you considering undergraduate or graduate colleges?  For undergrad, I believe Grove City College teaches primarily Austrian economics, but if I go there I would just take econ courses along side a marketable major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm graduating in May with a B.S. Mathematics and Physics Minor from the University of Houston. I'm considering economics for graduate school.

I figured that I could teach myself Austrian. If I do go with economics, I want to find a graduate program that won't disgust me with Keynesian, government-intervention economics.

By the way, I've listened to quite a few clips of Milton Friedman on Youtube. I like his general perspective. I know he was a free market/Chicago economist, not Austrian.

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If you don't mind, why do you want to go to graduate school?

 

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No one gives a flying fuck about your ideology in graduate economics.  Take a look at MWG....it's considered the standard micro-theory text at the graduate level.  GMU (yes, even GMU) requires it for first year economics PhD students.   If you're comfortable doing delta epsilon proofs, then graduate school is for you.  If not, forget it.

Btw, TwoFishQuant gave you excellent advice.  Heed it.

 

 

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Knowing her ideology, I'm comfortable with summarily disregarding most of what she says with respect to politics and economics.

I just did some delta-epsilon proofs in analysis.

What is MWG?

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It's the working-level degree for advancement. I do want to be a quasi-expert in something; I'm just not exactly sure what just yet.

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