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    Talking Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

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    PROFILE:
    Type of Undergrad:
    Top 30 Public Economics University in the U.S
    Undergrad Major:
    Economics
    Minor(s):
    Informatics and Statistics
    Undergrad GPA:
    3.59/4.00
    GRE:
    Haven't officially taken the GRE yet, but practice scores have usually been around 165-167 (Q) and 164-166 (V)

    COURSES: Kind of got off to a rough start my first few years (~3.55/4.00), but there is a very strong upward trend in my last two years.
    Math Courses:
    Calculus I-III (C, B+, B), Differential Equations (C+) Linear Algebra (A+), Mathematical Proofs (B)
    Econ Courses:
    Intro. Micro/Macro (A,A), Inter. Micro/Macro (A-, A), Environmental Economics (A), Applied Econometrics (B+), Game Theory (B-), Economic Forecasting (A), Financial Econometrics (A), Macroeconomic Policy (A)
    Other Courses:
    Probability & Statistics (A-), Applied Multivariate Statistics (A-), Advanced Data Science (A)

    Letters of Recommendation:
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    Mathematics Faculty member that I did research under for ~6 months
    2).
    Mathematics Faculty member that I worked as a TA under for the past year.
    3).
    Economics Faculty member who supervised an independent study that I did as an undergraduate.

    Research Experience:
    I worked as an RA with a mathematics faculty member for ~6 months while I was in school. I am listed as a co-author in our final published work
    Teaching Experience:
    I have been a TA for a course on Linear Algebra for the past year.
    Research Interests:
    Macroeconomics, Health Economics, Econometrics, Computational Economics
    Other:
    I am spending the next year as a gap year doing data engineering at a leading ad-tech company, if that counts for anything.

    In an ideal world, I think I would like to go to a top 50 school, but I'm really not sure where to shoot or what ranges to even shoot for in my applications. That being said, I am open to any and all feedback/suggestions!

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

    Hello! I have a pretty similar background GPA/GRE wise and am curious as to which specific schools you're eyeing (I'm trying to figure out what's realistic for me as well). Have you picked out a few targets?
    I don't have any feedback really but I think having a mathematics faculty member speak strongly to your quantitative abilities will look good (especially given that you had a few bumps in the beginning).

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

    I'm casting a fairly wide net. I suppose my goal is to get into a top 25 school, but I think I will be applying broadly within the range of the top 50. I haven't looked long, but I am looking at UIUC, UWash, and Michigan State are three schools that stick out.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

    In general having two mathematics faculty write letters is a bad idea. They don't usually know what economics departments are looking for. In fact, in general having one mathematician write a letter is a bad idea. Now since you're publishing a mathematics article, your situation is a little different.But two mathematicians is likely still a bad idea.

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by startz View Post
    In general having two mathematics faculty write letters is a bad idea. They don't usually know what economics departments are looking for. In fact, in general having one mathematician write a letter is a bad idea. Now since you're publishing a mathematics article, your situation is a little different.But two mathematicians is likely still a bad idea.
    Interesting point. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of mostly only working closely with math faculty members when I was in school, so I feel as though I don't have a whole lot of econ faculty members I can go to for LORs. Do you think it would be worth it to get in touch with some of my econ professors that I at least took courses with in undergrad, even if I didn't work with them closely?

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for Phd in Economics - Fall 2019

    Since you're from a top 30 university, you should get the answer from the faculty there. Begin with the one econ faculty member who has supervised your work. If all the other econ faculty can say is that you did well in class, you may indeed be better off with both math profs.

    While it's probably not much consolation, lots of undergraduates at public universities don't end up with tight connections with many faculty.

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