I wanted to understand how different is the selection process & research for Business PhD in Managerial Economics versus getting into an Econ PhD. Need a better understanding for a couple of reasons:
1. Though my core interest in Developmental Econ & Public Policy, my profile won't get me into a Top 30 (or 50 School). Going through research areas of profs and PhD students at Kellogg/Ross/Harvard - it aligns pretty well with what I would like to do (A lot of interesting areas with respect to institutions, countries, political science, decision making and more).
For e.g: At Northwestern, there is Phd in Developmental Economics, and the MECS program at Kellogg lists Developmental Economics as an active research area.
2. How/what can I do improve my profile to get an admit - I don't want this to become a profile evaluation but want tips what one should do to get into such a program, I currently have:
- MBA from IIMA (top B-school in India) - I was in the top 15% of the batch but no masters/bachelors in Econ
- A grades in Economics related courses (except in Macroeconomics - I & never took Econometrics course)
- A good reco from a Harvard Econ Phd - did a Developmental Econ project under her in IIMA
- Planning to take RAship under an Econ prof for 18 months (10 months when I apply to colleges for Fall 2020)
- No other significant research credentials - one paper during undergrad in a low impact journal & currently in Digital Sales for a Technology firm for last 3 years
- Do courses from Coursera built credibility
Thanks. Your inputs will be helpful as I'm planning to apply next year (not this season)
P.S: Apologies if I'm breaking any posting guidelines - Did read through them and didn't find anything out of place here. Also, not a lot of information on Business Economics & Strategy programs (neither here nor in the PhD in Econ sub forum)