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    Profile evaluation plz! Suggestion of universities according to my profile & interest

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    I posted this as a Guest before I created my account. So I am reposting it from my account. I desperately look forward to some suggestions and help.

    Thank You in advance.

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    Type of Undergrad: B.A.in Economics, Indian University. Best University for Economics in India. The ranking of the college, affiliated to the university was perhaps 6th or 7th for Economics.
    Undergrad: 72.3 percent. I am not aware what it would convert to on GPA. I belonged to the top 10 percent of the class
    Type of Grad: M.A.in Development Studies
    Grad GPA: 4.87/6. Safely belonged to the top 20 percent of a class of 30 students, might be 15 percent also.
    GRE: Q 164, V 160, W 4.5
    Math Courses (Higher Secondary Level): Calculus, Differential Equation (94 percent)
    Math Courses (Undergrad level): Linear Algebra, application of Calculus (64 percent and 74 percent) in two different papers on similar topics, Statistical Methods for Economics (74 percent)
    Econ Courses (Undergrad-level): Advanced Micro, Advanced Macro, Economic History, Theories of Economics, Game theory, Development Economics, International Trade (overall 72.3 percent)
    Econ Courses (Grad-level): Macro, Micro and International Trade.
    Math Courses (Grad Level): Preliminary and Advanced Quantitative research Methods
    Research Experience: Master's Dissertation (5.56/6), Worked as a Research Associate for 2 years
    Teaching Experience: None
    Research Interests: Economic Growth, Labour, Employment.
    SOP: Will explain the broadening of horizon due to transition from economics to development studies that substantiates understanding of development through a prism of inter disciplinary studies including political science, sociology and philosophy. This gave me a broader understanding which I wish to utilize while pursuing a PhD in economics and concentrate on my research areas as above.
    Concerns: Is maths credentials adequate? GRE Quant score inadequate for top 20? If yes, can you please name some universities that I can target for my desired fields of study.
    Applying to: UPenn, Michigan, Duke, Northwestern, Minnesota, Cornell as of now. But I fear I am being too ambitious.
    References: From professors I have studied or conducted research with. None of them are world famous though!

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    I am banking on your suggestions to decide upon the universities I should apply to. Can someone please reply!

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    It's very difficult to make suggestions, especially since the GPA doesn't convert easily. From American standards, your grades seem low (74 percent is a C here!). However, I do realize that grading in India is very different. If your school is very well known and people on ad-coms know the grading policies, that would make your case more compelling.

    Has your school placed anyone in good US PhDs in recent years? That would be a good indication. You seem slightly low on the math courses too, however I won't be surprised if your quant skills are strong enough (the issue is convincing people on the ad-com). You must have seen other threads and the typical amount of math applicants take. I don't think the GRE quant score is a make or break (though a couple of points more would have been nicer).

    I would definitely apply to a couple of lower ranked schools, and leave out 3-4 of the schools you mentioned. I don't think top 20 percentile of class is something you can brag about. If your LOR writters got PhDs from top schools, that would be helpful. Also look for a good fit. If your research is high enough quality and the department does similar research, that could be a strong signal.

    It would be nice if someone else could discuss your SOP.

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    GPA Calculator
    You can use this website to get your scores converted to the American grading system.

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    Thank You for your opinion.

    Can you suggest some universities which I can target realistically for research on labour economics? I am finding it very difficult to find out about the lesser known universities.

    Thanks again.

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    Sorry but I really don't know much about schools strong in Labor Econ. Search threads on this forum, look at the couple of tools for overall rankings and they usually have sub-categories within Economics. You also might to look at schools who have researchers on their faculty who have done research that interests you.
    Sorry for not being more helpful.

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    http://jindal.utdallas.edu/the-utd-top-100-business-school-research-rankings/rankings-by-journal
    You should select the relevant journals for the economic field and see how is the ranking for PhD in economics (the ranking will give you a better idea of the top universities vs less know universities)

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    I think you are aiming too high. Because you are in not in top 5% of your undergrad/grad school and also haven't done enough math courses (real analysis, measure theory, differential equation). I guess you should aim top 25-50 schools. All the best!

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