Should a graduate program in economics admit the first cousin of a faculty member? If they do, should the faculty member be allowed to serve on his or her first cousin's dissertation committee?
I think I would answer "maybe" and "definitely no" but at least one top ten program (to remain nameless as this is a "nice" blog but it is not Michigan) answers yes to both.
On the other hand, how different is this than serving on the dissertation committee of the child of a friend in the profession?
Something to ponder.
It's really quite easy.
1 year ago