Hi everyone,

I'm currently finishing my B.Sc. in Economics at a good university in a European country, and I'm planning to apply for PhD programs in the US for either the 2018 or 2019 intake.

I've received offers from LSE, UCL, Warwick, SSE (all MSc Econ) and Cambridge (MPhil Econ) and am now trying to decide which one would best prepare me for PhD programs in the US. My interests are in applied microeconomics.

Does anyone have insights which of those programs is considered the strongest signal by admissions committees in the US (let's say TOP30) at the moment and dhow hard it is to actually obtain good enough grades at those universities to be competitive, setting aside all other parts of the application (RAships, LORs, etc.).

Thanks in advance, any input would be greatly appreciated!