Educational markets in everything (a short disquisition on the Tullock paradox)

by on April 5, 2014 at 6:54 am in Education, Political Science | Permalink

George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management just announced that it is launching a new masters program in international lobbying.

There is more here, via Peter Metrinko.

prior_approval April 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

An internship at Patton Boggs would certainly glisten on a certain type of resume, while allowing the weeding out of anyone pesky enough to have anything resembling morals.

Z April 5, 2014 at 7:13 am

I’d never heard of the Tullock paradox until now. I looked it up and got a nice chuckle. That says a lot about the economics religion.

RR April 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

Neither did I . When I looked up in Wikipedia its interesting that 2 of 3 references are from MR and MRU. .

prior_approval April 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

Such a coincidence.

Age Of Doubt April 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

Overly-specific, novelty degrees tend to be just another path into the fast food industry. “What do you mean there’s no jobs in renaissance fabric design? All right, hand me the hairnet. These $40k in loans aren’t going to pay for themselves…”

Rahul April 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

Hard to generalize. Specificity by itself is not always to blame. There’s highly specialized, niche courses in underwater pipeline welding or such stuff that can make you tons of money.

Bill April 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

Some prof has time on his hands.

Most profs with time on their hands write blogs.

Bill April 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

In case someone misinterprets, profs with time on their hands create specialty courses that only a few students attend, or are so obscure that there only purpose is to enhance their identity. So, if some profs with time on their hands want to make an unique masters program, that means their other programs are not attracting enough students and they now have time on their hands.

bob April 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

It must be said: George Washington University are a bunch of tools.

Thor April 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm

What I both love and hate about the Brits is that they have better euphemisms than we do. I wonder what they call this kind of lobbying program in UK universities. Or do you just get a degree and learn on the job as an underling in the Foreign Service?

prior_approval April 6, 2014 at 12:01 am

So, Foreign Service Officers – British moles? http://careers.state.gov/officer

shivuintheshowers April 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

At least 4 out of the 8 comments so far are snarky shit-posts.
I am curious, does any long time poster have an opinion on said posts
prevalence now, as compared to previously?

prior_approval April 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

Let me see – someone who chose a user name about knifing someone in the showers is complaining about the level of discourse?

Bloody brilliant.

(Though ‘Shiva in the showers’ would show at least a glimmer of originality.)

leftistconservative April 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

gotta get those debt-indentured slaves hooked up with student loan debt to keep them working! GDP Uber Alles!

Markets in pepper spray, you say? Well, occassionally you do you get a rebel….

jorod April 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I always thought the people at GW lacked a sense of value.

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