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Regardless of whether I transfer or not I still want to move forward with building a strong application for graduate school, so any input on this front based on the profile above is appreciated.

I'm looking for advice on some of the concerns I demonstrate in the last few sections, and I do plan to ask my research mentor/some other students the same questions and get their input too. Thanks for any advice. ]]>

Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Macro (C+), Micro(B+), Metrics (A-), Independent Research Seminar (A), Honors Thesis (A), Case Studies in Economic Development (A-), Poverty and Impact Evaluation (A-), Intro Econ (A)

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1. The ranking is based on REPEC's agricultural economics department rankings, as of April 2020.

2. The figures are based on the faculty listing in the respective department's website, as of May 26, 2020.

3. The figures only count the number of tenured/tenure-track professors in each department, excluding non-tenure-track faculty (visiting professors, research professors, clinical professors, professors of practice, adjunct professors, lecturers, and instructors). In addition, emeritus professors are also counted.

4. "General Econ" counts faculty who have a (general/non agricultural) economics Ph.D. degree. Environmental (and natural resource) economics degrees, traditionally not lumped together with agricultural economics departments (Yale, Duke, U Mass) are provided their own rows. "Canadian Ag Econ" counts faculty who have a Ph.D. degree from a Canadian agricultural economics department. "Other U.S. Ag Econ" counts faculty whose Ph.D. alma mater is other than the 25 listed. "Non-Econ" counts faculty who have a Ph.D. degree in a discipline other than economics (most commonly, law, public policy, statistics, engineering, and environmental science, among others).

5. All tenured/tenure-track faculty are counted for Cornell's Department of Applied Economics and Management. Only agricultural economics faculty are counted for Iowa State's Department of Economics. Similarly, only agricultural economics faculty are counted for Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

6. Washington State University graduates are counted under "Other U.S. Ag Econ".

7. A crucial limitation of the statistics is that they do not account for the temporal variation of the alumni graduation years. Some departments were at their peak in certain years in the past, and their figures are over-represented by their graduates from those specific years, despite their graduates not landing tenure-track faculty positions in recent years, and vice-versa.

Major: Economics and Statistics

GPA: 3.8

Math: Linear Algebra (A), Integral Calculus (A), Regression Analysis (A-), ANOVA(A), Statistical Data Science (A), Vector Calculus (B-), Calc III (B), Probability Theory In Progress

Economics: Macro Theory (A), Micro Theory (A+), Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (A), Econometrics (A+)

Research: RA at lab focused on education economics (working heavily in R)

Internship: Did a data science focused internship my freshman year summer where I implemented an algorithm from a research paper (focused on information retrieval), RA at city's economic council, interned at an analytics startup for 3-months too

Plan on taking real analysis I and II, full mathematical statistics sequence, discrete math, time series analysis, math for economist, Applied Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Bayesian Statistical Inference and a few graduate courses before finishing mu ugrad.

Obviously the biggest weaknesses are the Bs in the intro calculus classes. They were during my freshman year and when I was working 20+ hours a week simultaneously out of financial need. No excuses, but I hope receiving As in the other math classes and the ones I take in the future will help make up for it.

Pretty much looking for guidance at this point on my chances. What programs do I realistically have a shot at? Should I be focused on anything in particular these next two years to be more competitive? I will be writing a senior thesis (hopefully) and I'm looking to land a position at the Fed for next summer. Are there any other math classes to focus on?

In the interest of space and time I did not include much about my underlying passion for the discipline and what areas I'm interested in but I can definitely elaborate. ]]>

1. if I have attended math-camp, is it recommended to still take other math courses, like real analysis? i have already finished all preparation for real analysis, topology, stochastic process sequence, elementary probability sequence, financial math sequence. probably with partial differential equations and fourier series in this summer.

2. if i cannot take all phd_level courses(very likely), which courses are mostly recommended according to the difficulty level and signal effect to the admission committee? My interest is macro and my undergraduate electives are monetary econ, trade, information econ(auction, probability with signal). Moreover, I did not take undergraduate-level honor econometrics, so should i have better to take that before graduate econometrics?

Thank you very much. ]]>

Other Courses: Intro to CS (B+), Data Structures (next year), Time Series Modeling (A), Operations Research (A), Decision Analytics under Uncertainty (A)

Concerns

I know this might sound as a strange question, but I find myself in a peculiar situation and I am in need for good advices.

I am an undergraduate in Bocconi and I got accepted in the msc economics programme at lse.

I know that lse is overall considered as a better and most recognised institution, but as I have house, family and friends in milan, and I don't mind a two years programme, I also have economic and human reasons to stay in milan and go on to the bocconi's master. I wanted to ask how wide the difference is according to your experience and opinion, and whether you feel like it is worth it to go for lse, even considering the possible consequences of covid on the experience.

I still have not decided whether I will go on with a phd (in that case I would like to do it in the US) or enter in the job market.

Thank you very much for your help, I'm looking forward to hearing from you!! ]]>

US student

1. Professor who I have RA'd for 2 years now, coauthor on 3 papers published together

2. Professor for real analysis, strong relationship, he has an economics background and we connected well

3. Department chair, 2 courses and independent study

Published 3 articles in history of thought journals as coauthor with recommender #1, 2 were peer reviewed. Plan to write a senior thesis. Interning at Fed virtually this summer in macro.

Undergrad school ranking, research is published but qualitative (journal of economic education), not enough math background

Do I go straight to PhD or try for Fed RAship/predoc? What schools are reach/target/safety? ]]>

I have taken most of the relevant math courses (analysis, real analysis, topology, stochastic processes, etc) and I think I would most probably get at least A's from the grad courses as well. If so, should I take them, or would it be a waste of time?

Always thank you for great advice

(btw, I am looking forward to studying financial economics) ]]>

International Student at USA.

1. Professor for 5 courses

2. Professor for Independent Study and Business Statistics

3. Professor for several Math courses/ Econ courses.

The class is the equivalent of Math 23A in Harvard College and it's the class the Harvard undergrads take after calculus II if they have an advanced (for their level) math background.

I've seen good reviews of the course here (apparently it's very hard and very intensive) and the professor claims that AdComs like seeing the course in people's transcripts.

My worry is that if I take this course I won't have a class called "multivariable calculus" or "calculus 3" in my transcript. Will that be an issue? ]]>

Well, they say a master's at a good school in Brazil is harder than a master's in U.S. but easier than a PHD. I want to do a PHD in the U.S., but I'll work to improve my math abilities before I can do that. I intend to complete a Real Analysis course in a Math department.

My question: Is doing a Real Analysis course enough to compensate for my bad grades in my master's in an Admission selection in the U.S.? Or is it advisable just to pretend I havenn't done this master's (which would be sad because that's the most valuable thing I have got in my curriculum)?

P.S.: I don't intend to try TOP30 schools. The hardest I consider aplying to are TOP 50 schools (and even these I don't know if it's worth trying with my grades), like Cornell. The easiest I want to try is CUNY.

P.S. 2: I think I may have some papers published by the time of selection. I don't know if it helps much. ]]>

Undergrad GPA: 3.92

Type of Grad:n/a

Grad GPA:n/a

GRE: tbd

(Non-US citizen)

Math Courses: Diff Calculus (A), Int Calculus (A), Multivariable Calculus (B+), Logic & Proofs (A), Linear Algebra (A), Differential Equations (A) Probability Theory (A), Real Analysis (A)

Econ Courses: Intro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), Statistical Analysis (A), Econometrics (A-), Development (A), International Financial (A), Crime (A), International Pol. Econ. (A), Education (B+)

Letters of Recommendation:

1. Prof who taught me for 4 courses

2. Prof who was an RA for + econometrics + senior thesis

3. I haven't decided

Research Experience: Will write senior thesis, RA for a year

Teaching Experience: Tutor

Concerns: A- in Econometrics + B+ in Education + B+ in Mult. Calculus during the same semester, when I had multiple deaths in my family. Would that hurt my application too much? What about coming from an LAC with no grad-level classes?

Questions: Where should I be aiming? What schools in this range have a particularly strong program in Development/Labor?

I have been admitted to the MSc Economics at Barcelona GSE and UC3M. Both are one-year long courses.

Issue: I got no funding. And Barcelona costs twice as much as UC3M. I know Barcelona GSE is generally seen "better" than UC3M, hence why

Interests: Econometrics and Macroeconomics.

Which course would you opt for if you were in my position? Which is a better option if I decide to apply for a PhD in the future? Which is one is better for the private sector?

Thanks in advance ]]>