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    PhD Finance Vs. PhD Economics (B-school) Vs. PhD Economics (Dept. of Economics)

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    Firstly, I am pretty sure that similar threads exist somewhere in this forum but instead of posting my question on those and hoping for them to revive, I am starting to a new one since I desperately need some advice!
    So I will be applying to PhD programs this year but I have the captioned confusion in my head.
    For ex: How can I know the difference between say
    Northwestern Dept. of Economics - PhD Economics vs. Kellogg PhD. Finance vs. Kellogg PhD Managerial Economics
    (Yes, more choices do mess with our preferences! )
    A bit about my profile

    First, a bit about my background: I am studying MS Economics at a top 15 US university. I am an Engineer + an MBA (finance concentration) (both from well ranked universities back in my home-country. (Does it matter?)) + 3 yrs. of corporate experience in a reputed multinational bank + FRM certification (does it matter ?)


    So the following issues perplex me:
    1) The captioned question.

    2) Given my background, what should I bank on more? PhD econ or PhD finance ?
    (Both have their pros and cons like finance having generous funding but a more brutal selection process, absence of Corp. finance/ asset pricing in economics but relatively easy to get into etc.) So this just adds to the indecisiveness !

    I am interested in the intersection of Finance/Macro.

    3) I am also interested in Behavioral Finance. Since it is not a mainstream area yet, I am a bit skeptical about mentioning this in my SOP - I have been told to stick to the more run of the mill topics. Would request thoughts on this please.

    4) How important is GRE ? I have 166/170 (92 percentile) in quant, 161/170 is VA but 3.5 in AWA. Should I take the exam again?

    5) How can I make a stronger profile for Finance?

    Thanks a lot guys !

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    Re: PhD Finance Vs. PhD Economics (B-school) Vs. PhD Economics (Dept. of Economics)

    Sounds like you want to do finance and your profile is better suited for finance. Can't think of why you are looking at econ.

    Behavioral is a big enough topic, but I wouldn't sound too committed in an SOP unless you really know what you want.

    Ask on the business Forum for better responses. The econ forum is decent for finance as well.

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    Re: PhD Finance Vs. PhD Economics (B-school) Vs. PhD Economics (Dept. of Economics)

    Macro-Finance is a dying field in economics aka not many AP positions available after grad school, better off going with Econ in Macro/FinancialEcon, or just Finance PhD

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