Type of Undergrad: 1st Class Honours B.A. in Economics from my countryís leading university.
Undergrad GPA: N/A Averaged a low first overall but quite high in final year.
GRE revised: 163Q 160V 5.5AW
Math Courses: Probability and Theoretical Statistics, Introduction to Analysis (quite basic), Iíve also taken courses offered by the Econ Dept which covered multivariable calculus, linear algebra, constrained optimization, calculus of varation, stochastic programming, differential and difference equations, Chiang and Wainwright type material
Econ Courses (undergrad-level):Intro to Econ, Intermediate Econ, Economic Theory( took theory courses at most advanced undergraduate level), Game Theory European Economy, Investment Analysis, Monetary Economics, Industrial Organisation, Econometrics, Intermediate Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Public Economics. Received first class honors or 2.1s in all of these.
Other Courses: N/A
Letters of Recommendation: PhD Berkley which should be pretty good, PhD LSE should be ok, PhD Chicago which will be very lukewarm
Research Experience: Currently working in a state research agency, will be here for 2 years, not exactly economics research but not completely unrelated either. I've also written a few undergrad papers, nothing exceptional.
Teaching Experience: 4 years tutoring economics and maths/stats for economics at undergraduate level
Research Interests: Broad at time of writing, Micro (Game Theory), Macro (Long run growth), Labour economics
SOP: Not written yet
Concerns: letter of recommendationís, GRE quant score, lack of extensive Math
Other: I've taken ever hard-theory and maths course available through my department, sadly things weren't as flexible as in the US at my university. I did however get special permission to take 2 math courses outside the Econ dept and I did very well in both.
I wont be applying until next year, hope to start Sept 2013 at the earliest. My preference would be to do a masters at one of the top UK or Canadian universities before applying to PhDs in the US. What do you think my chances are at say LSE, UofT or UBC for masters and then maybe top 20 US for PhD?
Sorry about the lack of GPA and lousy course descriptions! We Europeans always have to make things difficult when it comes to international comparisons!
I'd really appreciate any advice folks here could give me.