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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 when they choose an MBA program, but the educational experience at business school 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 focus on Kevin Murphy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In 2005, Kevin Murphy (“Advanced Microeconomic Policy”), who has a joint appointment in the department of economics at the University of Chicago, where he teaches PhD-level courses, became the first business school professor to win the MacArthur Genius Grant, which he received for his groundbreaking economic research. Murphy’s course, “Advanced Microeconomic Policy,” is affectionately called “Turbo Micro” because of 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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