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    Best low-ranked programs for Labor/HR/Demography

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    Hello forum,

    I'm not the strongest applicant, but a year on the job hunt has me convinced finding a good position with only an Econ BA is tough. I'm looking to apply to an Econ PhD program, because of the potential for funding and a love of research. I would consider calling it quits after getting the complimentary Masters, but that's another conversation, maybe.

    My profile has flaws, but I am optimistic I have a shot at lowly ranked programs.

    165Q, 161V
    no letter grades, moderate performance in Econ classes, Lin Alg, Diff EQ, calc 1&2, Real Analysis 1
    wrote a decent senior honors thesis using SAS
    have worked non-Econ research assistant jobs since graduating
    undergrad inst. has moderate rep but good grad-placement (small, public liberal arts college in US, top 50)

    so, I am interested in the economic demography/labor/human resources and see myself working in the public/nonprofit sector, likely outside of academia.

    Can anyone recommend programs ranked, say, 50th or lower that have strengths in those fields?

    I'd be tremendously grateful.

    cheers,
    RC

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    No letter grades? Evergreen State alum, by chance?

    Good luck!

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    Not Evergreen, but good guess! Very funny though--my college, New College of Florida, had a free exchange with Evergreen, coincidently. So I did actually spend a term there. Like-minded institutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispydog View Post
    Not Evergreen, but good guess! Very funny though--my college, New College of Florida, had a free exchange with Evergreen, coincidently. So I did actually spend a term there. Like-minded institutions.
    Very cool. I'm somewhat familiar with NCoF as well. I took a good hard look at Evergreen when I came out of high school. Again, good luck.

    BTW - Thomas Herndon, a graduate student at UMass-Amherst who successfully challenged Reinhart and Rogoff, two Harvard Professors, about their methodology in a paper promoting austerity, is an Evergreen State grad.

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