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    Duke's/Rochester's Econ Program

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    I'm seriously thinking about applying to Duke and Rochester this year. How do you guys rate the department at Duke and Rochester? If I'm correct, Duke has been improving in the rankings over the years and I would assume it to be equal if not better than Rochester ? I believe their strength lies in Macroeconomics and Econometrics, the former true for Rochester too.

    Also, I thought Cornell was a top notch school but after following TM for some time and having looked at the placements, I think they might have slipped below Maryland and Rochester.

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    I guess it depends on what you want to do, but I would rank Duke>= Cornell > Rochester >= Maryland
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    It looks like that Rochester has been falling in recent years.

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    From what I hear, Rochester and Cornell have fallen apart. Their faculty continue to produce good work, but their investment in their students is very poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaysa View Post
    From what I hear, Rochester and Cornell have fallen apart. Their faculty continue to produce good work, but their investment in their students is very poor.
    Really? I heard that Cornell has made an increased effort recently, at least for their behavioral econ students.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thesparky View Post
    Really? I heard that Cornell has made an increased effort recently, at least for their behavioral econ students.
    That is kinda sad considering that their placements are getting worse every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaysa View Post
    That is kinda sad considering that their placements are getting worse every year.
    Apparently it was recent enough that they say it hasn't started to kick in yet due to the lag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaysa View Post
    From what I hear, Rochester and Cornell have fallen apart. Their faculty continue to produce good work, but their investment in their students is very poor.
    Current Rochester student here. When people talk about Rochester declining, they're talking about the departure of a number of senior faculty earlier this decade, not about a decline in departmental support for students. The department takes the development of graduate students very seriously, and the quality of the training is (in my biased and admittedly only partially informed opinion) probably better than at comparably-ranked institutions.

    The core strengths of the department at Rochester are micro theory and macro. We also have a number of junior faculty doing interesting research in labor, but the lack of seniors in the field has made placement of labor students hit-or-miss. The department is small enough that students who couldn't see themselves in any of those fields would probably be better off going elsewhere, but I strongly recommend applying to people whose interests match the faculty's research areas.

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