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12-18-2010, 06:47 PM

PROFILE:

Type of Undergrad: Economics, top school in small European country

Undergrad GPA: 18.4/20, top of my class

Type of Grad: MPhil in Economics (2 year Masters including 1st year PhD coursework, in progress, expecting to finish it in June)

Grad GPA: 19/20, 4.0/4.0 according to my school's conversion

GRE: Q800, V710, AWA 5.0

Math Courses: Calc I (already includes some intro real analysis and lots of proofs), Calc II (multivariate calc, topology, lots of optimisation), Linear Algebra, Math I (difference eqns, dynamic programming, discrete-time optimization), Math II (differential eqns, optimal control). All A's. Advanced Math (in progress: advanced topology and real analysis, measure theory, correspondence theory).

Econ Courses (grad-level): Macro I, Micro I, Macro Theory I, Macro Theory II, Micro Theory I (all semester long), lots of random trimester courses (game theory I and II, time series, microeconometrics, energy economics, etc)

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Lots of them. In my country, programs are not flexible at all. We spend 3 years being bombed with economics courses just about everything.

Other Courses: some Law, Finance and History courses. Two seminars on European Union institutions.

Letters of Recommendation: My thesis advisor and three assistant professors who know me well I guess (was a student and worked/working in projects with all of them) (PhDs Harvard, MIT, Chicago and UCLouvain)

Research Experience: Summer internship at a Ministry, applied macro research; lots of minor projects; macroeconometric paper with two colleagues; co-authoring an empirical paper with my advisor.

Teaching Experience: twice TA for Multivariate Calc, once TA for intermediate macro (all undergrad)

Research Interests: Macro macro macro: everything from growth and institutional economics to monetary policy and DSGEs

SOP: Pretty standard, not customised at all.

Concerns: Coming from a school that is virtually unknown in the US (and better known as a business school in Europe), guess this will be a major handicap

Other: TOEFL 119, 1 semester Erasmus in a well-known university in the Netherlands

Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, Minnesota, UCLA, Pennsylvania, NYU, LSE, Oxford. If things start looking too grim, I will also consider Pompeu Fabra, CEMFI and Tinbergen.

Another major concern is the obvious one: am I being too ambitious? My school has sent people to the top 5 in the past, but competitiveness has increased exponentially in the last decade.

Type of Undergrad: Economics, top school in small European country

Undergrad GPA: 18.4/20, top of my class

Type of Grad: MPhil in Economics (2 year Masters including 1st year PhD coursework, in progress, expecting to finish it in June)

Grad GPA: 19/20, 4.0/4.0 according to my school's conversion

GRE: Q800, V710, AWA 5.0

Math Courses: Calc I (already includes some intro real analysis and lots of proofs), Calc II (multivariate calc, topology, lots of optimisation), Linear Algebra, Math I (difference eqns, dynamic programming, discrete-time optimization), Math II (differential eqns, optimal control). All A's. Advanced Math (in progress: advanced topology and real analysis, measure theory, correspondence theory).

Econ Courses (grad-level): Macro I, Micro I, Macro Theory I, Macro Theory II, Micro Theory I (all semester long), lots of random trimester courses (game theory I and II, time series, microeconometrics, energy economics, etc)

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Lots of them. In my country, programs are not flexible at all. We spend 3 years being bombed with economics courses just about everything.

Other Courses: some Law, Finance and History courses. Two seminars on European Union institutions.

Letters of Recommendation: My thesis advisor and three assistant professors who know me well I guess (was a student and worked/working in projects with all of them) (PhDs Harvard, MIT, Chicago and UCLouvain)

Research Experience: Summer internship at a Ministry, applied macro research; lots of minor projects; macroeconometric paper with two colleagues; co-authoring an empirical paper with my advisor.

Teaching Experience: twice TA for Multivariate Calc, once TA for intermediate macro (all undergrad)

Research Interests: Macro macro macro: everything from growth and institutional economics to monetary policy and DSGEs

SOP: Pretty standard, not customised at all.

Concerns: Coming from a school that is virtually unknown in the US (and better known as a business school in Europe), guess this will be a major handicap

Other: TOEFL 119, 1 semester Erasmus in a well-known university in the Netherlands

Applying to: Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, Northwestern, Minnesota, UCLA, Pennsylvania, NYU, LSE, Oxford. If things start looking too grim, I will also consider Pompeu Fabra, CEMFI and Tinbergen.

Another major concern is the obvious one: am I being too ambitious? My school has sent people to the top 5 in the past, but competitiveness has increased exponentially in the last decade.