After completing the doctoral education PhD student Sara Mikkelsen will defend her thesis 28 April. Get a quick glimpse of her thesis, experiences and near future.
You are about to defend your thesis Family matters: Essays in Applied Microeconomics. In short, what is your thesis about?
"My thesis is about the connection between family formation and wealth. From the question of whether households’ short term savings decisions change in response to the birth of a child, to the question of whether variation in wealth mobility across generations has anything to do with differences in family sizes. My thesis is also about the economic consequences of gender composition of the family. I examine the gender dynamics of both parent-to-child relationships and sibling-to-sibling interactions."
In three words, how would you describe your years as a PhD student at LUSEM?
"The premise of my PhD studies has really been “Do research on whatever you find interesting, whenever you like”. I think there are few jobs with so much freedom and flexibility. The privilege comes at the cost of very high demands on the output produced, as it should."
"I’ve heard that grit is the key psychological trait for success, that is, to stay motivated and persevere. I think grit is very advantageous when it comes to finishing a PhD. Although I wish I had more grit, I’ve had enough to push through despite serious episodes of self-doubt and numerous failed projects."
"It might sound cliché, but I’ve not only learned a lot about research but I’ve also learned a lot about myself."
What are you up to now?
"I keep staring at my printed copies and pinching my arm. I’m also looking into some new projects that I might work on as a postdoc after my defense."
Thank you, Sara! Wishing you all the best!