How to Succeed in Graduate School (via The Austrian Economists)

Here's some excellent advice from The Austrian Economists for new PhD students: get started on topics for articles ASAP. While they're stressing the particular need for students to have pubs when coming out of "non-mainstream" programs, it also holds for those at lower-tier programs across the boards. Here are the best lines:
PhD in hand + refereed publication(s) + strong teaching evaluations = tenure track job.
The other factor in the equation is the "lunch tax" that the individual represents. The more difficult the person is to take as a personality, the stronger publications they will have to have in order to signal that they are worth it.
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