Type of Undergrad: B.A. Economics. Unknown Latinamerican university.
Undergrad GPA: 3.8 (first in class of 50). 3.8 econ and math.
Type of Grad: M.A. Economics Unknown Latinamerican university (only postgraduate studies different than undergrad). M.S.C. Applied Mathematics Unknown Latinamerican university different from the former. All these studies where made in the same country.
Grad GPA: M.A. Economics (3.87 fist in class of 23). Msc. Applied Math (3.92 first in class of 12).
GRE: 163Q (93%), 160V (90%), 4AW (48%). (I'm international so TOEFL iBT 112/120)
Math Courses: (listed only the most advanced) Real Analysis (grad 4.0 A), Probability (grad 4.0 A), Stochastic Processes (grad 4.0 A), Stochastic Calculus II (grad 4.0 A), Abstract Algebra (grad B), Linear Algebra, Calculus I,II,III, Diff Equations, Topology I, Numerical Analysis, Math for econ, advanced math for econ (undergrad all A). Plus a lot of stats and econometric courses all A. Time series, Statistics, Econometrics I,II,III.
Econ Courses (grad-level): Micro I, Micro II (A), Game Theory (A), Macroeconomics (A), Macroeconomics for development (A), Trade Theory (A), Welfare Econ (A),
Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Advanced Macro and Micro, and others but less advanced than master's so not included.
Other Courses: Some programming courses in C++, non parametric methods in R, Stata courses, languages French.
Letters of Recommendation: (weak point) 1. from master's thesis advisor (very strong in content, he tell me that) but relative unknown in the US, however he gained his Ph.D. from Cornell. 2. from master's coordinator of applied masters program, he is Ph.D. in Statistics from Western Ontario, (hopefully strong in content). 3. from econ master's coordinator and professor of econometrics, he has published in top development journals in the field I prefer (impact evaluation) strong in content. He is not a U.S. Ph.D. he graduated from Netherlands Social Studies Institute. 4. from professor in a statistical course, he is from LSE and although new has published in top journals in econ and stats (hopefully strong in content). from professor in statistical course, he is from Virgina Tech, and has published top journals in economics of development, very strong in content.
Research Experience: Two published papers in local Central Bank Review, one with overlapping generations model and another with instrumental variables. Research assistanship for 2 years for a published paper in convergence. Solid master's thesis using game theory and simulations, recommended for publication in my master's institution. Local economic research contest second place. Working paper sent to regional journal. At the time of application only sent so this does not add value (sigh).
Research Interests: Program evaluation techniques, theoretical and empirical econometrics for development.
SOP: Standard-ish with last paragraph changed and some sections modified according universities' requierements.
Concerns: Far from stellar LORs.
Applying to: Chicago, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, NYU, UCSD, Duke, Rochester, Cornell, Brown, GWU, LSE, Tilburg, UofT Austin.