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The penalty for cross disciplinary research

VU International News and Reviews No. 17 November 11 2013

November 2013

In a study on over 36 000 doctorates in the US in 2010, Kevin Kniffin and Andrew Hanks – two Cornell postdocs – found that young doctors who completed an interdisciplinary PhD research project and dissertation on average earned $1 700 in their first job less than those who completed dissertations in a single field. The correlation was found after controlling for discipline, age, gender and ethnicity.
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