PROFILE:

Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering (A)

Introduction to Differential Equation (A-)

Vector Calculus (Taking this upcoming year, not a prerequisite to any of my upper division courses, so I've been forgetting to take it)

Linear Algebra (A)

Mathematical Reasoning (A)

Applied Linear Algebra (A+)

Introduction to Analysis I-II (A, A)

Applicable Math and Computing (A)

Introduction to Probability (A)

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (A+, A+)

Mathematical Statistics—Time Series (A-)

Mathematical Statistics—Nonparametric Statistics (Taking this upcoming year)

The Mathematics of Finance (Taking this upcoming year)

Principles of Microeconomics (A)

Principles of Macroeconomics (A-)

Intermediate Micro Sequence (A, A+, A)

Intermediate Macro Sequence (A, A)

Econometrics Sequence (A+, A+, A+)

Decisions Under Uncertainty (A)

Monetary Economics (A)

Labor Economics (A+)

Topics in Microeconomics (A)

Honors Micro (A)

Honors Macro (A)

Honors Thesis Sequence (A+ , A+)

Operational Research Sequence (Taking this upcoming year)

I am thinking of taking or at least aduiting the graduate micro sequence.

1. Honors Thesis Teacher/Advisor; he is a well known economic theorist

2. Honors Thesis Advisor; he worked for the Federal Reserve Board

3. An economist at a Fed Banks that I've worked with

2 Undergraduate Research Programs

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

RA for a PhD student

RA for Politic Science Professor (specialized in Political Economy)

Summer Econ Research Intern at a ThinkTank

Summer Econ Research Intern at a Fed Bank

Published a research paper at an Ivy League undergraduate journal (I don't think it'll help with my application, but it certainly doesn't hurt)

Please let me know what kind of schools you think I should be aiming for or got a shot at. Thank you!

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I've only recently (junior year second semester) decided to do PhD so I ended up having to rush all my math courses. Now I'm not really sure what range I should be shooting for :( Here's my profile:

PROFILE:

Calc II (B- freshman year first semester), Calc III (A), Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (A+), Intro to Probability (A), Probability Thoery (A)

Intro to Econ (A), Intermediate Micro(A), Intermediate Macro(A), Econometrics (A), International Trade (A-), Senior Research Seminar (A-), Financial Economics (A), Intermediate Financial Theory (A+), will be taking grad-level Econ Theory and writing honors thesis this fall

1. Professor I've been RAing for a year, Harvard PhD, should be decent

2. Honor's Thesis Advisor, RePEc top 5%, should be great

3. Professor I've taken financial economics with and will take another class with next semester, should be standard

Research paper for the research seminar

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

RA for a professor for a year

RA for a PhD student

Do I have a chance at Top 20/30 programs? I'm kind of clueless right now and am not exactly sure what range of schools I should be shooting for. Any advice or comments will be much appreciated and thanks a lot in advance :D !!

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I'm planning on taking these 4 courses this coming academic year and am wondering if it's sufficient, in terms of math prep for an econ PhD programme. Below are the topics covered in each course.

1)

- Diagonalisation and Jordan normal form, applied to systems of differential equations.

- Inner products, orthogonality, quadratic forms, and orthogonal diagonalisation.

- Direct sums and projections, with applications to least squares.

- Generalized inverses.

- Complex numbers. Complex matrices and vector spaces. Hermitian and unitary matrices, unitary diagonalisation and spectral decomposition.

2)

- Limit of a function of one variable, continuity.

- Riemann integral, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

- Improper Integrals, Test for convergence.

- Double Integrals.

- Dominated convergence.

- Laplace Transforms.

3)

- Mathematical statements, proof, logic and sets

- Natural numbers and proof by induction

- Functions and counting

- Equivalence relations and integers

- Divisibility and prime numbers

- Congruence and modular arithmetic

- Rational, real and complex numbers

- Supremum and infimum

- Sequences and limits

- Limits of functions and continuity

- Groups

- Subgroups

- Homomorphisms and Lagrange's Theorem

4)

- series of real numbers

- series and sequences in n-dimensional real space R

- limits and continuity of functions mapping between R

- differentiation (Maxima, minima and the derivative, Rolle's Theorem and Mean Value Theorem)

- the topology of R

- metric spaces

- uniform convergence of sequences offunctions. ]]>

The one caveat is that my goal in getting a PhD was always to work eventually at the Fed, the IMF, the World Bank, or as a research economist in the private sector -- i.e., to do econ research, but not strictly as an academic. But some people I've talked to on the PhD track have told me that in order to be successful as a PhD student, I should really want to be a professor in the LR -- especially considering the 5-7 year-long commitment that is a PhD.

Do any of the current PhD students on the forum have a perspective on this? Is anyone in a PhD program with similar goals in mind? ]]>

Long time lurker-first time poster here.

Intermediate Math for Economist (A), Statistical theory, Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Stochastic Processes and Probability, Applied Data Mining, Categorical Analysis, Non-parametric regression, Econometrics- Mostly B+

Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Advanced Micro, Applied Econometrics, Intermediate Econometrics, International Trade, International Macro - Mostly A/A- except a B for Intermediate Econometrics

1. Professor from UG- Well-published active researcher. I was a decent but not stellar student (top 10-15%, not top 1-5%) we kept in touch and I sought his advice regarding Masters and PhD. Knows me and my development well enough.

2. Research Director at multilateral institution (PhD Cornell): Ex-academic who switched into the policy world, worked with him extensively on a working paper

3. Professor at T20: Well-published active researcher. Worked with him closely over 1.5 years on a couple of short projects/assignments - ranging from mundane work (i.e. updating data and charts) to more sophisticated (i.e. statistical modelling).

3 years as a RA in a multilateral institution

1 year as a quant analyst in a financial institution (for experience and perspective)

Research Interests:

Financial econometrics, Empirical econ/finance, Macro-finance

No 'required' math classes on transcript (i,.e. Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations)

Non-stellar MSc grades- I was working full-time and came into stats with almost zero background save for two UG econometrics classes.

Not sure if I fit well into traditional economics programs given that my research interests more closely aligns with quant finance. Should I be considering a PhD in Finance/ Statistics/ Quant Finance instead?

Personal preference for schools in the UK.

Funding is a major concern even for MPhil/MRes and will certainly pivot my decision.

Please help me with the range of school that I should be targeting. Appreciate any advice

Thanks! ]]>

Calc III (B+), Lin. Alg (A), Intro Probability (A), Advanced Calculus/Real Analysis (B+), Diff Eq (B)

Intro Micro, Intro Macro, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Game Theory, Intermediate Econometrics I and II, International Trade Theory, Law and Econ, Behavioral Economics, Seminar - All A’s except A- in Intro Macro, Intermediate Macro, and Law and Econ

MA Micro (A-), MA Macro (A-), MA Metrics (A)

Game Theory (A), Labor (A-), Applied Metrics (A)

Will be taking PhD Micro and Metrics this semester.

Professor I have been RAing for over a year

Master’s Thesis advisor

Haven't decided the third letter writer, but probably from someone I took a class.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, graduated with high honors

RA for a professor at the Master’s institution (year and half)

Master’s Thesis

Labor, Applied Micro

Low math grades, Low AWA

Help me with the ranges of school that I should be targeting.

Thanks! ]]>

1. What tier of school should I focus on? Which schools are potential reaches?

2. Is my mathematical background insufficient? This is something I am really concerned about. Will a B in real analysis send negative signals? Will a bunch of A-'s for my econ classes become a concern?

3. Other issues and red flags I need to pay attention to?

Thanks in advance and all suggestions and feedbacks will be highly appreciated! ]]>

I'd appreciate if you could help me assess my profile. What range should I be looking at for public policy PhD programs?

PROFILE:

I'd appreciate if you could help me assess my profile. What range should I be looking at for public policy PhD programs?

PROFILE:

Long time lurker, first-time poster.

I want to apply for PhD Economics programs. I am open to pursuing a masters too if that may seem more appropriate.

International student

Undergraduate degree: Electrical Engineering

Undergrad University: (university in top 20 in India- not IIT/IIM/NIT)

Undergrad CGPA 60/100 (2.88/4 as per WES- helps calculates GPAs but I think its an approximation and depends on how universities calculate it)

Grad program: Masters in Public Policy

Grad university: Low ranked state university (+100 rank in public policy, relatively newer program in USA. Has placed students in Indiana, Cornell, UT Austin PhD Policy programs amongst a few)

Grad GPA- 3.75/4

Quantitative: Engineering maths (3+ maths subjects with advanced calculus: grades are A, A-and C ) and microeconomics (A-), econometrics (B+), Quantiative methods (regression analysis) A-

Recommendations:

University program director (political science), professor at University (economist), boss at federal research lab (Architect & Planner- Oxford)

Relevant Work Experience (6) (limited economics research, more quantiative policy research):

-Research work experience in India for about 3 years in a non-profit on climate change, clean energy policy, and implementation- local, national and international (researcher)

-Full time research work experience in USA for about 2 years in a national research lab on clean energy policy and implementation, looking at markets, local and state policy, utility regulation etc.. published at the lab (research assistant)

-Part time research work experience at OSU on local clean energy policy issues for 2 years as a professors research assistant

Research interests:

Energy/ environmental economics, development economics, behavioral economics

GRE: 155 v/ 157 q/ 4 analytical (will retake and aim for 165+ in quant to strengthen profile)

Goals: Interested in a career in research in the policy world/government. I am not aure about academia yet.

Questions: I am debating between a couple of questions and any insights would be helpful. I have read answers to similar questions on the forum and found them to improve my understanding.

- If I were to apply for a PhD econ now- what range of programs should I apply to? i.e 50-100 or 75-100?
- Is my profile suitable for PhD economics? Am I missing some key pre reqs from my coursework? Is it advisable to get a masters before applying for a PhD?
- If I want to apply for a higher ranked programs what are some key suggestions? With a masters degree with a low ranked university and good grades, what is the range of universities I can aim for?

Thank you for reading through my profile. I look forward to receiving your comments. ]]>

First time posting here and wanted to get an evaluation for Fall 2018.

Undergrad GPA: 2.57

Major: Economics/Law & Society.

Econ Courses: Principles Macro (B) Intermediate Macro (B) Intermediate Micro (B+,B-) International Trade (A) Law & Economics (B) Intro to Money, Banking, and Credit (B-) The Stock Market (B)

Grad GPA: 3.59 (Will Graduate with 3.63)

Major: Economics (Masters)

Econ Courses: Intro to Econometrics(A), Economic Models & Forecasting (B+), Financial Economics (B+), Monetary Policy (A-), Advanced Micro/Macro (A-,A), Advanced Econometrics (A), Current Research in Economics (A)

Math Courses: Calc I/II/III/IV(B,B-,C+,A-), Strategies of Proof (B), Advanced Calculus (C+) - my schools version of RA, Linear Algebra (taking this fall)

GREs: Taking in the next month or so. Averaging 161-163 on practice tests but shooting for 165+ Most likely keep retaking until I get a near perfect score.

letter of recommendation: 1) Graduate Thesis Advisor. Also been working for him as a research assistant for the past two years so . 2) Two Econ Prof (took courses, grade A and B) 3) Economist (Director) at an Economic Think Tank based in LA.

Research Experience: I spent 2 years as a graduate research assistant to a professor (collecting data, coding, conducting tests, etc) and interned at an economic think tank working on their yearly global opportunities index. I will also be receiving a co-authorship for my work at the think tank.

I am bit concerned regarding my math scores. They're not that great in my opinion and I'm concerned it will greatly affect my chances. I'm honest shooting for schools between 20-50 and maybe a couple of 10-20. I think my research background and my letter of recommendation will help cover my weakness in math. I specifically worried about the C's I've received in the math courses. Would like to hear everyone's thoughts on the range of schools I'm applying to. I don't expect to get into a top ten school, just worried that I won't get into any school at all.

Thanks,

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I've posted here before but was looking to canvas some further opinions. I'm looking to apply for one year econ masters starting sept 2018 with a view to getting into a top 5 US phd programme in 2020. For financial/personal reasons I only want to do a one year programme, preferably with funding.

With that in mind, can anyone give their thoughts on how the following programmes would rank with a view to progressing to a US phd: LSE, BGSE, UCB, Cambridge. I know LSE is probably the best but chances of funding seem remote, and I think the main thing I'm concerned about is getting top LoRs and research experience. I'm particularly interested in comparisons between BGSE and UCB.

Thanks in advance!

PROFILE:

Type of Undergrad: BA in philosophy, politics and Econ at Oxford (UK citizen)

Undergrad GPA: 1st class, 72% and 75% in Econ modules. 15/240 in the year

Type of Grad: I have a law school msc.

Grad GPA: distinction

GRE: taking it soon, expect near 170

Math Courses: the usual required for undergrad micro and metrics

Econ Courses: micro, macro, metrics, game theory

Other Courses: political theory, 3 other philosophy modules

Research Interests: finance, macro (especially dev), game theory