Looking pretty solid. Do you have any research experience? How do your letters of recommendation look? I think you've got a solid shot at a top 5 (or least a top 10).
I'd like to get the advice of people on the forum for schools that I should apply to if I decide to get a Ph.D. in Economics. I'm interested in studying international development economics.
I went to undergrad at Stanford, majoring in economics with a minor in chemistry. I got a 3.7 GPA, but took only one math class, and got a lowly B-.
I worked for 3 years at a technology startup, and 1 year at a consulting company.
I then decided I wanted to apply to Ph.D. programs, so went back to get a Master's degree in economics and to take more math classes. I went to UC Santa Barbara, and did well, getting a 4.2 GPA, including A and A+ grades in differential equations, intermediate linear algebra, and real analysis.
Finally, I've worked for the past year at a top think tank. I got something like a 1450 on my GRE 650V, 800M
What do you guys think? What schools should be in my range?
Mikey, I tend to disagree, unless he's kept in touch with the Stanford profs and has them writing his letter of recommendation's. If that's the case, top 5's are possible. If he's mostly relying on the UCSB recs, then there's not a chance in hell (and I don't mean that in a bad way, just being realistic). Profile is good, not great. I see top 20/25 as almost a given; a likely top 10 (thanks mostly to Stanford). Top 5... not unless some people at Stanford really like you.
@Antichron... are you really on the 4-year plan, and is what you posted on your site your real schedule. That's insane! Good luck, and it's nice to have some familiarity with a future JBC Medal winner... maybe Daron can give you some advice for your acceptance speech, since he has some experience (hint: thank the wife... I thought that was a nice touch).
If all goes well, I am on the 4-year plan. I plan on taking my general exams at the end of this year instead of my second year, in which case my only required courses next year will be macro in the Fall. I ended up not taking topology, since I found myself spending as much time on topology problem sets as on the rest of my classes combined, so my schedule is not as crazy as it was. (I suppose I ought to update it!)
MIT Economics, class of 2011
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