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Professor Profiles: Kevin Murphy, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we profile Kevin Murphy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In 2005, Kevin Murphy (“Advanced Microeconomic Analysis,” “Economic Analysis of Major Policy Issues”) became the first business school professor to win the MacArthur Genius Grant, which he received for his groundbreaking economic research. Murphy teaches a course affectionately called “Turbo Micro,” which is known for its enormous workload. One recent graduate told mbaMission that a typical Chicago Booth course is supposed to be complemented by five hours of homework per week, but that Murphy’s course demands about 20 hours of work per week outside class. So, why take the class? The student raved that it was taught at the PhD level and that Murphy is deserving of his “genius” title, pushing students to think about their opinions in profoundly different ways.

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