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1 from a professor at my previous school who taught my intermediate micro, he got his PHD from a top 10 program

1 from a professor at my current school who I do research with who focuses on Developmental Economics, PHD from a top 50 program

Other

-What would you recommend I do to strengthen my resume?

-What are top schools in the field of Economic Development that I could potentially get into that aren't in the Top 25 overall for Economics?

Thank you all so much!

I have recently decided to pursue a graduate degree in economics, but am arriving late to the game. I would like to hear some advice as to next steps. I am about to graduate with unrelated degrees (Int. Studies and Language) from a state school with a combined GPA of 3.91/4. I have already taken Intro Macro and Micro and Calc 1. I am planning to take the following courses in the summer and fall after graduation:

Math: Calc II-III (received an A in Calc I), Statistics I, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations

Econ: Intermediate Micro and Macro

As of now, I realize that I am not competitive to apply for Phd programs. I am fairly confident in my ability to do well in these courses (listed above). My question is, would it be advisable to continue to take undergraduate math courses for the next year (i.e. Stats II, Real Analysis, Advanced Calc, etc.)? or would a masters in economics from a decent university be a better alternative? If so, what are my chances of getting into such a program? I am predominantly interested in masters programs abroad such as LSE (reach), CENFI, UPF, C3M, etc in Europe, and a number of higher ranked Canadian Schools. Domestically, I would prefer to attend a school with opportunities for funding (Tufts or Duke), although I realize these programs are quite competitive.

Please be very realistic with me,

Thanks for the help

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I am visiting both and hope to have a clearer understanding, but for people who have made it through the first year I was wondering if you could weigh in with how valuable having the extra time to study and adjust to graduate school is. Also, for others in similar positions what are your thoughts? I've talked with professors and family so have a good grasp for some of the pros/cons but just want to hear what others are thinking and how they are processing through these decisions.Thanks ]]>

Hi, I want your help to improve my application for PhD economics program.

GRE: 170 Quant,

3.0 AWA

Math Courses: calculus, linear algebra, diff equation, real analysis, topology, number theory, abstract, and many more (all A's)

Letters of Recommendation: one unknown econ professor and two math professors. I hope they will write good recommendation letters for me

Teaching Experience: tutor of math and econ

Research Interests: applied microeconomics

I am applying mostly to top 30 programs with few safeties from top 50. Do you think that I have any chance to get an admission with funding from top 30 program? Please let me know how I can improve my profile. I am a non native speaker so, I can't improve my GRE. Also, it is not possible for me to take some grad econ courses.

A) I study normal masters courses.

B) I study most, if not all, PhD core courses.

Both will give me same msc degree. Only benefit of option A is that those courses are easier. Benefits of option B:

1) If I stay in my home country and I do PhD, I save time, because I have already done most if not all PhD core courses

2) If I get good grades in PhD courses, it is stronger signal than MSc level courses

3) If I go to do PhD abroad then core courses and comps are probably somewhat easier because I have already studied same material.

In PhD micro courses they use MWG. In macro they use Ljungqvist & Sargent, Acemoglu (growth) and Gali (monetary), and also some other books. It seems to me that these books are widely used in PhD programs across the world. I didn't see that they use SLP which seems weird. I don't know what they use in econometric courses. But these books, at least MWG and L&S seems to be commonly in use, which is a good thing.

But I don't know how hard these PhD courses are for me. We have different grading system than in US. When I look at results from older courses, there might be like +20 students and only 2-3 get best grade. Most get mediocre grades, so I'm not sure if I could get best grades. And if I get average grades it could work against me.

So the problem is that I don't know how adcoms react if they see that I have average grades in econ PhD courses. Of course I try to do my best to get best grades. What do you think? Probably I should ask about my professors.

I don't want to publicly post course materials, but if somebody wants to see some course materials from those PhD courses and tell me how rigourous they are, it would be nice. ]]>

Math Courses in the undergrad:

Econ undergrad Courses:

Letters of Recommendation:

Teaching Experience:

Research Interests:

What are my chances?

TIA

1) What is the income tax rate for stipend, and what percentage of my stipend will be my net stipend? I guess that this tax rate depends on the total stipend. If this is the case, what would be my approximate net stipend in case of 26k$, 30k$, 34k$ and 38k$ stipend?

2) Some universities say that their yearly stipend is for 10 months. Does this mean that the remaining 2-months time will be holiday? If so, can I work in this 2-months period (either at the university as RA or outside) to earn some more revenue? Thank you very much in advance.

I got an offer of 30k at Harvard and 38k at Yale and I'm interested in applied micro stuff at the moment, mostly development or labor. This will likely change though.

I was able to visit Harvard which was really helpful but unfortunately I can't make Yale's visiting day so I'm feeling like I might be artificially swayed towards Harvard at the moment.

Any info comparing the two programs would be very helpful! Thanks in advance! ]]>

First, math background. There are math courses which I have taken:

Advanced Mathematics B I (A)

Advanced Mathematics B II (A-)

Linear Algebra (A)

Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics (A)

Statistics (B+)

(A is the highest score level, we don’t have A+)

And Advanced Mathematics B I & II cover single variable differential and integral calculus, multivariable calculus, ordinary differential equation and basic knowledge of space analytic geometry. However, I know that such kind of math curriculum in US is classified into different courses, like Calculus 1, 2, 3 and Differential Equations. Therefore I am wondering how these two courses will be evaluated during application. Will they be thought of equal as Calculus courses + Differential Equation in US?

And I am to take Real Analysis next semester, but I am not sure whether I should also take the following classes:

Adv. Calculus I – Vector Calculus

Function Theory of a Complex Variable (Complex Analysis)

Honors Mathematics B (Group, Orthogonal functions and Fourier series, Riemannian geometry of a surface)

Set Theory & Topology

Would someone be kind to provide some advice?

Second, as to recommendation letters, in my current programme, I know some lecturers and professors graduating from US universities, and these universities are also in my application list. Will recommendation letters from these lecturers and professors be helpful when I apply for universities that they graduated from?

Thanks a lot! > < ]]>

Start early. Way before your going to apply. Practice and start taking tests 25 weeks before applications are due so you have time to do 5. Plan on the fact you will take it five times or until you max out quant. Keep practicing and taking exams until you hit max.

Can't stress how important it is to max it out these days. Hundreds of econ phd applicants are already doing this. Imagine if filtering by "all who maxed out quant GRE" gives you literally hundreds of files, adcoms will start with that and not even bother to read the others. Maybe dip down to 95p but its easy to rank and filter by GRE, not so easy to do that with letter of recommendation or SOP or GPA-Institution combinations.

Also if you don't max it out it signals 1) you made one or two mistakes on 8th grade math but more importantly 2) you may not have the grit to keep trying 3) your not well informed on how things work

This is especially true for applied candidates that may not have crazy math or from countries less well known. More important than ever to get those triangle areas right and not trip up on the most trivial of barriers.

So while it seems overkill, (it is) we have basically found ourselves in a prisoners dilemma, now you've been warned. ]]>

- Calc III
- Linear Algebra
- A course dealing with Diff Eqs
- Probability
- Mathematical Statistics

Courses I have NOT taken:

- A serious proofs-oriented course, which I know is important for Real Analysis

I'd like to apply to econ Ph.D programs this fall, so I'd likely take Real Analysis this summer. I'm planning to take off time from work to fully dedicate myself to the course. I'm also planning to do some proof prep in the two weeks before the class.

Still, I don't know if that would be enough preparation. What do you think? ]]>

PROFILE:

1 from my academic advisor, professor of intermediate micro/behavioral, knows me well

1 from my intermediate macro/adv. macro professor, I survived his to-be-said hardest econ class on campus although personally I did not talk to him as much as I did to the other two professors

Other

MSc LSE (London, UK)

MA Sciences Po (Paris, FR)

M1 International Track TSE (Toulouse, FR)

MA Columbia (New York, US) ]]>

Thanks! ]]>

Summer between junior and senior year in undergrad, but it was mostly data inputting kind of research (while it was for econ professor that is creating a massive dataset). Nothing much here, though it was researching under econ professor in econ department.

Currently I'm doing a lot of empirical and theoretical work in financial economics, coding in Matlab, Stata, R, and C++. Coauthored an article, though not in an academic peer-reviewed journal. I'm expecting to coauthored another paper, which may (hopefully) be published in an academic journal. Total duration in this institution will probably be 2 years.

I'll also be leaving academia for 2 years to serve in a mandatory public service in my home country. Hence the earliest program that I can apply is 2021 Fall (I still have 1+ year in this institution). I'm worried that admission might think that my skills will be rusty after so many years.

I'm thinking of US 25-50, with 3-4 top 15 universities as my dream universities. Is my expectation and concerns well-grounded? With few more years down the road, what can I do to improve my chance? ]]>