PROFILE

Econ Courses (undergrad): Interm micro (A-), Interm macro (B-), Economics and Law (C), Labor Econ (A), Monetary Policy (A-), International Finance (B+), Intro Metrics I and II (A\B), Public Econ (B)

Type of Grad (Master of Accounting): Same as 1st BA

GPA: 3.79 (cum)

Econ Courses (grad): Theory of IO (A)

Type of Undergrad (Post bac): Mathematics, Urban Commuter School (R2 Institution; quarter system)

GPA: 3.93 (cum)

Type of Grad (double masters): MS Math and MS Econ, same school as Post bac

GPA: 4.0 (Math), 4.0 (Econ)

Math Course (Grad): Functional Analysis 1 (A), PDE 1-2 (A/A), Stochastic Processes and Probability Theory 1-3 (A/A/A), Convex Optimization (A), will take Advanced Differential Equations 1-3, will take Modern Analysis 1-3 (convex analysis)

Econ Course (Grad): Micro 1-2 (A/A), Econometrics 1-2 (A/A), Macro 1 (A), will take Econometrics 3, will take Macro 2

Teaching experience: None

Work Experience: Current Econ intern at renown institution specializing in energy/environmental work. Possibly be doing contracting work with a regionally known econ consulting firm during the school year.

Interests: I'm highly interested in economic work that applies experimental methods, I'm also interested in Econometric Theory, Industrial Organization (Structural/Empirical), and Game Theory

My question is I'm applying for Econ phd programs soon I created a list of schools that I identified as a research fit plus having an experimental lab.

I need help getting a sense where my target should be, I have no idea what my range of schools are safeties or reaches.

Thanks Again!

Should I be too concerned about these grades?

My advisor never tells me anything :/

Sorry if this is a noob question.

Thanks! ]]>

Undergrad GPA: 3.78 Top 50 National University with honors

Major: Econ major, math minor. I took principles of macro & micro (both As) intermediate macro and micro (both As) econometrics (A-) History of monetary economics (A-) Economic Policy Analysis (A-), Public Economics (A), IO (A-) Senior Capstone, written on a topic in financial economics,(A), Calc 1 (A) Calc 2 (A), Calc 3 (B+), Stats (A-), Linear (A-), intro to proofs (A-) Time series analysis (A)

Grad GPA: 3.9 (Same university)

Major: Mathematics

Real Analysis (A-), Measure Theory (A), Probability (A-), Statistical Inference (A) Algebra 1 (A) Algebra 2 (A) Thesis: Applying methods of topological and symbolic dynamics to complex economic modeling problems (A) I was also a TA for undergraduate Analysis (if that counts for anything)

GREs: Just took them: 160V 164Q (AWA still waiting on it, though I foresee that to not be a problem)

Letters: Professors/Colleagues from 1) 1–2 Economist at Federal Reserve Board 2) Undergraduate Capstone advisor in which I wrote a paper on quantifying reputational losses that are felt by publicly traded firms when they are accused of misconduct. 3) (Grad) Math Thesis advisor. We're in the process of publishing some of the results that came out of my thesis and 2 years of research I did for him.

Research Experience: I spent 2 years as a graduate research assistant to a professor which involved mathematical modeling of complex systems. Research is funded by a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) grant. My focus was on applying some of the abstract general modeling approaches to concrete economic models. I am currently working at the Federal Reserve Board doing applied macro research on optimal monetary policy at the ZLB. A lot of DSGE modeling and some statistical inferences.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of my profile and how competitive I am for some of the top schools. I think my research background is good and my letters of rec will be strong as well, but I want to hear what everyone's thoughts are. I'm concerned about my GREs quant. I figured I want to retake it but just how detrimental is a 164, if I cannot bring that up much higher? (I’m not a great standardized test taker). ]]>

Plan to take numerical analysis, differential, and a grad level real analysis next semester, don't know if courses in next semester are gonna help??

Teaching experience: None

I specifically have 2 concerns. First, I'm a transfer student from an HK university, where I used to learn finance. Because I spent a lot of time on extra curriculum activities, I got a B and B+ on math courses in sophomore year. I retook them in my current school, but I don't know if that's gonna hurt my chance of getting into top schools. Second, My GPA in HK was 3.75. I was actually rank 1 in the entire finance department (a professor checked for me), but my school does not provide such kind of official rank on the transcript. I'm worried that 3.75 does not really look good enough.

I have one more question about recommendation letter. Do you think I should get a letter from a professor in math department? Even if I only took his class and got good grades? I did pretty well on real analysis class. Usually, the average was like 50/100 (questions were hard), and I got 98-100 on tests. I don't know if he remembers me since I was very quite.

I feel like I got a shot for top 10 schools, but still very unsure. I guess my application looks strong but not like the strongest.

Thanks so much in advance :)

Type of Undergrad: BSc Econ Top 20 UK - Top 150 World

Undergrad GPA: 3.4 (much stronger GPA in stats than econ courses)

Type of Grad 1: MSc Econ Top 5 UK - Top 50 World

Grad GPA: 4.0 (PhD courses in macro, micro, metrics)

Type of Grad 2: MSc Finance LSE

Grad GPA: TBA

GRE: will be taken in the next few weeks

Maths Courses: calculus (A), algebra (A), applied mathematics (B), 4 semesters of statistics and probability (A*), real analysis (online course)

Econ: PhD macro (A*), PhD micro (A) and 5 semesters of metrics classes (usually A* or A), quant. finance (A), various electives ranging from monetary econ (A*), intn econ (A) etc. [I don't think those are too relevant]

Letter of recommendations: Former Harvard PhD Econ (supervisor), former Oxford PhD econ(school director) and an economist I RA'ed for

Research experience: one year as part-time RA in financial economics. Throughout 17/18, I will be an RA at the ECB

Research interest: monetary, macro-economics, intn. finance, time series metrics

Given my background and research interest, what schools are realistic to target? Many thanks in advance!!! ]]>

Type of Undergrad: BSc Econ Top 20 UK - Top 150 World

Undergrad GPA: 3.4 (much stronger GPA in stats than econ courses)

Type of Grad 1: MSc Econ Top 5 UK - Top 50 World

Grad GPA: 4.0 (PhD courses in macro, micro, metrics)

Type of Grad 2: MSc Finance LSE

Grad GPA: TBA

GRE: will be taken in the next few weeks

Maths Courses: calculus (A), algebra (A), applied mathematics (B), 4 semesters of statistics and probability (A*), real analysis (online course)

Econ: PhD macro (A*), PhD micro (A) and 5 semesters of metrics classes (usually A* or A), quant. finance (A), various electives ranging from monetary econ (A*), intn econ (A) etc. [I don't think those are too relevant]

Letter of recommendations: Former Harvard PhD Econ (supervisor), former Oxford PhD econ(school director) and an economist I RA'ed for

Research experience: one year as part-time RA in financial economics. Throughout 17/18, I will be an RA at the ECB

Research interest: monetary, macro-economics, intn. finance, time series metrics

Given my background and research interest, what schools are realistic to target? Many thanks in advance!!!

I'm wondering if there is any consensus on which Feds are, on average, the best at placing interns into Econ PhD programs. I know that the NY Fed and the Board are generally considered the "best" Feds. But what about the others?

I go to a top 10 undergraduate school, with a top 15-20 Econ department. I'd like to know, from a holistic point of view (taking into account letters of recommendations as well as spending the summer at a fun city), which Feds I should apply to for a summer internship, considering that the alternative is probably either RAing for an Econ prof at my school or getting started on my Honors thesis.

How would you rank these Feds in order of helpfulness when it comes to getting LORs:

Chicago

Philly

Boston

SF

Richmond

St Louis

Dallas

Kansas

Cleveland

Atlanta

Minneapolis (do they even recruit undergraduate RAs??)

Thank you. ]]>

I plan to take some math(Real Analysis, Optimization Theory, Prob/Stats), the hard metrics course, and some other Econ/Finance type class.

Any specific extra-curricular activities worth getting into while I'm there?

How likely is it that I will be able to get a useful recommendation letter?

Thanks! ]]>

GPA is low but my school is understood by most adcoms to have very little grade inflation. GRE Quant is also low but I'm confident I can get it in range by September. Funding is a must so more focused on putting together a list of strong targets, rather than reaches.

At present, applying to Temple University (Econ), Indiana University - SPEA (Public Policy), and UNC Chapel-Hill (Econ) as a reach. Are there any good fits I'm missing? ]]>

I just finished my undergrad at a so-so economics dept. in Canada. My marks are great, have good recommendations etc. but I kind of decided late in the game that I wanted to do a PhD, so I don't have the most extensive math background, especially with proofs. I'm taking a year off school and moved to Toronto to work in policy, applying to master's programs in the Fall- I'm fairly confident that I can get into a top 4 program in Canada, based on placements of similar students at my school/conversations with people on this forum.

I have some free time this year though, and I want to take a U of T math course at some point to a) boost my application for PhD time and b) make sure I really kick *** once I start master's classes. Here's my math background:

Calc I-II (A+,A), Statistics I-II (A,A), Linear Algebra (A-), Multivariate Calc for Economics(A+)

I'm looking at a few math courses, but I want some advice on which courses I'm both likely to do well in based on my experience, but will be really good for signalling and for masters prep. I have a few in mind:

MAT157Y1 - Analysis I

MAT237Y1 - Multivariable Calculus

MAT244H1 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

MAT336H1 - Elements of Analysis

MAT337H1 - Introduction to Real Analysis

With 3 potential courses in Analysis, I'm pretty unsure of which to do. Analysis 1 goes over some stuff I learned in Calc II, but only part of it, and I took that course in my first year. The two third year Analysis courses are all new to me, and would probably be better signals, but I have no idea whether I would be able to do well in them.

Here's a description of the courses, for context: https://fas.calendar.utoronto.ca/section/Mathematics

Thanks ]]>

I am just wondering the likelihood of me being accepted into the LSE MSc Mathematical Economics and Econometrics programme. I have a BSc (low-to-mid 2:1) and MSc in Econometrics & Econ (Distinction) from a top 10 university in the UK. I have also done some short spurts as a research assistant. ]]>

Research Interests: Development Econ, Macro and Finance

I am applying to PhD Econ programs in NUS, HKU, CUHK, HKUST and Insead. Do you recommend any other schools in Asia? I have an interest in marketing and consumer behavior as well? What can I add to this profile for a business management PhD program? ]]>

I'm currently an Econ major undergrad considering graduate studies in economics (likely a masters first, as I'm Canadian.) I'm double-majoring, which somewhat restricts the number of credits I can take, so I need to choose two of the following three courses for my last semester: Advanced Macro, Advanced Micro and Advanced Math for Economists. Ideally, I would want to take all three, but I am already beyond my program's credit requirements and cannot take an extra semester. Which two courses would be most beneficial in terms of grad school preparation, as well as my application? I have heard some say that Advanced Micro/Macro wouldn't be as useful as taking more math. Is that the case?

It's worth noting that my other major does not have a focus on math, so I have not taken anything beyond Cal II, Linear Algebra and two courses in a Math for Economists sequence.

Thanks! ]]>

I'm going to apply graduate school at fall 2017; my ultimate intention is to make phd in political economy. Although a traditional phd in econ would also suit me, current phd programs in economics looks me too much isolated from the other social disciplines like political science, philosophy, sociology etc so I wish an environment in graduate school which combines other social sciences as well.

I'm currently a 4th year undergraduate student and I would be very happy if you evaluate my chances for getting admitted into a decent political econ phd program.

Profile:

Undergraduate education: top research university in an Eastern European country

Undergraduate Degree: Economics

Undergraduate GPA: 3.82

Math Classes: Calculus I-II (A,A), Linear Algebra (A), Differential Equations (A), Partial Differential Equations (currently taking, probably will pass with B or B+), Models and Methods in Linear Optimization I-II (A, B), Advanced Calculus (currently taking, textbook is baby rudin, will pass with probably with B or B+), Math for Econ (A), Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics (A)

Statistics Courses: Probability and Statistics I-II (A, A), Stochastic Models (A-), Applied Data Analysis (A)

Economics Courses: Macroeconomic Theory I-II (A,A), Microeconomic Theory I-II (A,A), Econometrics I (A-), Theories of Growth and Development I-II (A,A), Game Theory (B+), Institutions and Development (A)

Other Courses: Algorithms and Programming (java) (A-), Some European and world history courses (A's mostly)

Research Experience: unfortunately I have no credible research experience. Although in econometrics and growth courses I have written 2 research papers as assignment, I guess they are far from being enough. I will take a seminar in macroeconomics in which we will prepare an honors thesis in spring 2018, but it will not show up in my transcript at the time of admission.

Teaching Experience: Also no teaching experience

Letters of Recommendation: one is from a macroeconomist who holds a phd from Princeton, he has relatively strong ties with some reputable macroeconomists (has a joint paper with Stiglitz). Second letter can be written by a professor whose field is applied microeconomics and got the phd from Oxford, she was recently a visiting scholar in Princeton. Third one is from a professor working on institutional economics and has world wide reputation in that area (her phd is from Marryland). An auxiliary letter can be got from a macroeconomist who is working on growth and general equilibrium (phd from Minnesota)

Work experience: I have done my summer internship in one of the leading think-tanks focusing on economical policy-making in my country. I have no industry experience.

I haven't taken GRE yet but I don't think that its quant section would be problematic for me.

As you can see my main weaknesses are the relatively low grades in partial diff equations and advanced calculus (this is called advanced calculus in my university, but it can be seen as real analysis I in the most US schools), as well as the absence of research experience. Probably top 3 political econ programs (Harvard KSG, Stanford GSB, Princeton) would reject me, and I couldn't find any other decent program specifically designed for political economy. Another way is to enter a middle-to-low ranked (around top 20-30) econ phd program and to choose political economy as the primary field, but this makes me a little bit sad:upset:.

Thanks in advance. ]]>

Is there any comprehensive ranking of US Phd (and/or Masters) programs by concentration? I'm looking more so for non-top schools that can be pretty strong in some concentrations despite relatively lower overall rankings. I don't have a particular school or concentration in mind. Just wondering if such a resource exists. ]]>