Hoping OSU gets back soon, looks like in previous years it's been around mid January but sometimes even early January.
Are the number of applications to Econ PhD programs falling? I'm extrapolating from these datasets on program statistics and the lack of activity on this forum:
There seems to be a trend downwards, and I wonder if the combination of the tightening job market, the growing popularity of CS, and the emergence of data analysis as an alternative career for data-savvy RAs is contributing to the decline.
I think they are declining slightly relative to the 2008-2012 period. It's more the case that those years were "bumper." Active users of this site (people who comment and start threads) have fallen but traffic is still high. There is such a wealth of information in old threads that new ones don't get started on the same topics. In turn, fewer people become actively engaged, which is a shame.