These are the qualities I look for in PhD students, recognizing that most people (including myself when I started my PhD) don't have all of them simultaneously: competent in English, highly self disciplined and able to manage time and impose deadlines on self, wants to become a world leading expert on a topic, is passionate about valid claims to knowledge and truth, digs research, likes intellectual play, enjoys reading non-fiction, writes a lot and does not find it difficult to express thoughts in writing, uses productivity tools like note taking and reference management software, is comfortable with unstructured and ambiguous work, is comfortable reading scholarly articles they don't fully understand, does not mind data collection, can interview people, can analyze data, understands the mathematics of statistical regression, is open to learning multiple methodologies, has at least basic computer programming skills, knows at least a bit about the philosophy of science, finds fascination in all of the disciplinary fields of economics, psychology, sociology, philosophy and computer science, looks for ways to connect and combine ideas from different areas, is interested in topics around start-ups, technology, and innovation, thinks regularly about the future of human society and how the world is changing. *********
I kindly ask all potential applicants to avoid sending me copy-pasted (i.e. canned) emails, avoid claiming to have read my research or have an interest in my research areas without actually spending a paragraph talking about the details, and avoid inquiring for information that is already on the website. The most important item to include in your email to me is your TOEFL / IELTS score and your GMAT / GRE score. If you don't have these scores yet, it is too early to contact me about PhD admission. I also encourage potential applicants to send me a link to a detailed LinkedIn profile, and also a comprehensive CV or resume in their email.
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