Hello all. I posted once before, but I can't seem to find it so I thought that I would just start a new thread. Thanks for your advice/opinions in advance. As a preface, like a fair number of people I did not consider an economics (or finance) PhD early in my undergrad so I did not take enough math. However, I have taken numerous post-bacc course in math, both at a large state school and an Ivy university.


Type of Undergrad: Top 5 liberal arts. Completed the honors program

Undergrad GPA: 3.72

Type of Grad: Masters Oxford/Cambridge/LSE

Grad GPA: Merit

GRE: 165/165/5 (taken before all of my post-bacc math so I suspect that I can bump the quant up to a 167+)

Math Courses: Calc I-III (AP, AP, A state school), linear algebra (B 2nd semester freshman year ), differential equations (A state school), probability theory (A state school), statistical methods (A), math stat (A state school), optimization (A- Ivy), analysis I-II (A, A- Ivy), complex analysis (A+ Ivy), grad topology (A+ Ivy), grad linear algebra (A+ Ivy)

Econ Courses: intermediate micro/marco/metrics (B+, A, A+), urban economics (B+) game theory (A-), behavioral (A), labor (A), financial economics (B+)

grad micro (low merit), grad metrics (low merit), grad financial economics (high merit), other module (low merit), dissertation (distinction)

Other Courses: Philosophy courses (was a double major). Other liberal arts courses. Intro computer science java (A ivy)

Research Experience: Masters' dissertation, which involved actual data analysis and not just a survey paper. Undergrad survey papers

Teaching Experience: None

Research Interests: Financial economics and behavioral economics

Other: My math has been a solid upward trend (my last three math courses were the three A+'s at an Ivy school---all after my masters). I wish I had started sooner, as I now really enjoy math. I also wish I had done a bit better in grad micro/metrics, but that's the way the ball bounces, I guess. My undergrad liberal arts econ background certainly lacked the quantitative rigor that many undergrad curriculum's outside the US do so it was a challenge competing against people who only did economics or math their entire undergrads. I suspect if I had the math training I do now I would have done better. But again, that's the way the ball bounces.

Thanks again