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  •  Can someone briefly explain to me how his thesis (1+ / 0-)
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    got advised and approved by Harvard in the first place? Was his thesis advisor patting him on the back for this or was it one of those impossible-to-fail or let's-get-this-guy-out-of-here-already deals? I'm way too lazy to google around for it.

    •  No, it was neither of those things. (1+ / 0-)
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      whaddaya

      To answer your questions,

      I don't know Harvard's dissertation proposal process, but in general one must find several faculty members willing to review the thesis, and then it must be approved by the dean.  The thesis got "advised" because he found a faculty member who agreed to advise it.  That is all it takes.

      I don't see on what grounds you impute ill motives to either Harvard or Dr. Richwine.  Despite what Republicans (and you, apparently) think, Harvard is not a partisan organization.  Harvard is interested in discovering things about how the world is.  When people try to answer questions that have not yet been answered, Harvard supports them.  In a PhD dissertation you're trying to make the bubble of human knowledge just a teensy tiny bit bigger.  You do this even if it could cause some controversy.

      As I said, Harvard isn't partisan.  It seeks truth.  The fact that universities typical line up with liberal values should give us liberals a sense of satisfaction, I think.

      •  I'm well-acquainted with the the PhD process (0+ / 0-)

        Your advisors are there to ensure that your chosen research topic is worthwhile (original, on topic, etc.) and doable and will therefore likely lead to the conferring of a PhD. They're also there to guide you as you do your research, to make sure that your methodology is sound, etc.

        My question is, what was it about his research that spoke to his advisor(s) and said "this is Phd worthy"? I'm not being snarky. I truly wish to know. Because from how it's been characterized here and in the news, his thesis appears to be unoriginal, poorly synthesized and its conclusions are without merit. So how did it get through? Is there a standard that I'm not aware of? Was there indeed something of value in it? Is the Harvard public policy doctoral program led by members of Stormfront? Did Martians come down and brainwash his advisor(s)?

        •  Borjas, Zeckhauser, and Jenks ... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... were Richwine's dissertation committee.  George Borjas is AEI and a long-time advocate of restricting immigration.  Richard Zeckhauser and Christopher Jenks were reputable, years ago.  It's a blot on  their reputations that they signed off on this dissertation.  

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