THE Economics Cluster has an active program for PhD students.
As well as writing a thesis under supervision, doctoral candidates are required to maintain or expand their breadth by taking several of the three subjects specifically offered for AGSM PhD students, as well as preparing themselves for their special area of interest by taking further subjects in the AGSM, the UNSW, or the University of Sydney.
After twelve months or so, candidates must choose whether to sit an exam in their chosen field, or to submit a research paper for publication.
Later, candidates must present a seminar proposal on their thesis topic, at which time they receive feedback asnd constructive criticism from two Readers, and which is attended by relevant academics.
Then they complete their thesis.
In the past we have graduated PhD students in the following areas:
- The tariff enigma in the Australian industrialization debate, 1925-1935
by Gary Josef MANGER.
(See: Case for Protection: Comment, Manger, Gary J., Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 96, no. 1, Feb. 1981, pp. 161-67.)
- An economic analysis of electricity supply in New South Wales: prospects for competition
by Jeff BATESON
- The economics of international debt renegotiation
by LEE Boon Chye
(See his The Economics of International Debt Renegotiation: The Rôle of Bargaining and Information, Boulder and Oxford: Westview Press, 1993.)
- China's industrial reform and the productivity performance of its State-Owned Enterprises
by Xiang KONG
(See: Kong X., Marks R.E., and Wan G.H. (1999) Technical efficiency, technological change and total factor productivity growth in Chinese state-owned enterprises during the early 1990s, The Asian Economic Journal, 13(3): 267-282, September.)
At the moment we have PhD students in the following areas:
- The structure and evolution of the N.S.W. coal industry
(See: Domberger, Simon. The Contracting Organization: A Strategic Guide To Outsourcing, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.)
- Government procurement issues.