Wow congrats! Cornell would be a good choice. They have devo track and their placement would be the best among those three.
I have currently been accepted to the above programs with full funding.
Given the financial support (stipend + health insurance + full tuition waiver) is pretty much the same between the three universities, where should I go?
I am interested in development econ and labor econ.
I just meant development track. Cornell has several field tracks and development track is quite big with many professors. The location also seems to dominate the other ones as you can reach nyc in 4 hours.
You may thoroughly compare the placements and professors of your interest to make a choice. Personally, I would narrow down the options to Cornell and UW as they are considered better than MSU.
Edit: Oh, he has already replied. Haha.
But yes, I would also second his opinion. The toss-up is between Cornell and Wisconsin-Madison.
About the funding, it is a standard package with tuition waiver, health ins. and monthly stipend with RA responsibities. But I will decline soon.
I am a phd student at UW. I definitely recommend univ other than UW if you want to be successful in Academics in the future. Recently UW has giving many phd degrees to Asian officials and central bankers (who stay univ only for 2-3 years!) very easily, which means there will be less value of UW's phd in the near future. The performance of UW students in the job market will become worse too.
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