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Hi,

In the bold phrase, is it because the research is for people instead things, so "research for" is used instead of "reasearch on"?

Graduate students tend to be paranoid about aspects of their careers that are largely under their control: Will I ever finish my studies? Will I sufficiently impress my adviser? But if new research for academic economists holds up, students should also be freaked out by a factor they can do nothing about: the strength of the job market at the precise time they enter it.

Thanks.
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I'm not sure I understand the use of "for" at all. Research can be BY people - did the academic economists perform the research. Research can be "on" something - were academic economists the subject of the research? I guess if the academic economists commissioned the study, it would be FOR them, but I'm not sure what the real intent of the passage is. Of course, the fact that it uses "freaked out" instead of more formal phrases to express concern shows that this is casual writing.
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The original poster should have indicated the link in order for us to have a look at the whole article or several important paras. He has taken out a limited segment, which only produces confusion and makes us lose our time on false tracks.

As one can see from the enclosed paras, the paper discussed in the article is one about academic economists and describing job openings for academic economists.

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Roach College, U.S.A.
What Ph.D. students really have to fear.

By Joel Waldfogel

http://www.slate.com/id/2142489

Graduate students tend to be paranoid about aspects of their careers
that are largely under their control: Will I ever finish my studies?
Will I sufficiently impress my adviser? But if new research for
academic economists
holds up, students should also be freaked out by a
factor they can do nothing about: the strength of the job market at
the precise time they enter it.

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This is the question that Paul Oyer of Stanford University's Graduate
School of Business asks in a new National Bureau of Economic Research
working paper about academic economists.

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After 1980, job openings for academic economists fell 15 percent and
remained low until 1987. At that point, they bounced back, reaching
their 1980 level in 1990.
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Hi,


In the bold phrase, is it because the research is for people instead things, so "research for" is used instead of "reasearch on"?

Graduate students tend to be paranoid about aspects of their careers that are largely under their control: Will I ever finish my studies? Will I sufficiently impress my adviser? But if new research for academic economists holds up, students should also be freaked out by a factor they can do nothing about: the strength of the job market at the precise time they enter it.

For makes it sound like the research was done by someone else on behalf of academic economists, or for use by academic economists. If the academic economists themselves did the research, you would say by academic economists. By sounds the most likely thing here.

I'm not totally clear why the fears of graduate students would be a subject of interest to academic economists, but that's what the sentence is talking about.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi Starstuff,

I hope that our various comments have adequately answered your question. If not, please write again.

I'm sure you did your best to provide an adequate context and, indeed, it was a lot more than we often receive.

Best wishes, Clive