-Is it generally a good idea to mention a [some] paper[s] that interests you and is relevant to either your research interests of past research projects? I ask because I am currently writing a master's thesis and I'm considering mentioning a paper which has been instrumental in this formative stages of my own thesis.
-What if the authors of the paper are professors at the school you are applying to? I'm not sure, but it seems like that might be laying it on a little too thick.
-Is it appropriate to name professors that you have worked with, been advised by, or taken classes with? In my case they are not names that will set off the fire alarms in admissions buildings or econ departments, but they are professors that I have great relationships with, are writing me recommendations, and were instrumental in my development as an economics student.
-I find that my SOP is extremely chronological, and not organized a la intro>>educ background>>prior research>>future research interests>>why i want to go to XXXX univ. Is this a problem? I'm fairly happy with the organization, but I'm concerned that if it is merely skimmed and not read in its entirety some of the important points may be glossed over.
Thanks for the help.