1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
Re: Fall 2019 Econ PHD Evaluation
I was also a political science and economics double major. I would highly recommend taking at least one real analysis course. Not only is this a basically necessary condition for consideration at top schools (some schools explicitly list it as recommended) it is also a good taste of what the 1st year is like. I am currently right in the middle of first year, and I can tell you that even the not-explicitly-math courses (like microeconomics and macro) are basically applied math and are heavily proof based. So real analysis is a signal, but also a good picture of what an econ PhD looks like. You can take real analysis online or at a university. North Dakota, UMUC and others have decent online options.If you hate real analysis, based on your interests you might be a better fit for a business school or better yet a public policy PhD program.
The biggest red flag though is the grades. In top program admissions it is basically expected that you did really well in all economics and math courses - a C or even a lot of Bs will put you at a distinct disadvantage at top schools. If there was a small period during which you were got most of your less good grades (and their was a specific specific reason), I would make sure to address it in your SOP.
Beyond that I would try and make sure you really cultivate at least one academic letter where the professor can speak to your research potential and relative aptitude ("x was in the top y% of all the students I have taught, and shows real promise for research"). This might be hard since you have been out of school, but I was in a similar situation and was able to refresh my connections to professors by meeting up with them and doing some work for them on their research projects.