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not sure how other industries view prestige, but I have a hard time believing that any of them care about prestige as much as finance and consulting appear to.
While finance and consulting are indeed prestige-conscious, I am not aware of any such comparable social expectation within them for people to be so cognizant of the biographies of even casual colleagues. Do bankers and consultants meet each other in social gatherings and then immediately rush home (or, now, whip out their smart-phones) to check the CV's of the people they just met? Probably not.
^ ^True, though this varies by discipline, and even by subspecialties within disciplines. There's also some emphasis on the particular person under whom one obtained one's doctorate.
Well, the thing with academia is that grad school matters more than undergrad school. Malcolm Baker went to brown undergrad. In academia, who cares Brown?
If Baker have not attended Cambridge and Harvard, his CV won't look as good, in my opinion, not counting Mr. Baker's accomplishments, of course.
There's also some emphasis on the particular person under whom one obtained one's doctorate.
I was on the website of a consulting competitor of mine, and to my surprise they did have something that showed "a sampling of undergraduate and graduate schools our consultants come from." The ones cited were:
London School of Economics
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania