Kexin, regardless of the validity of whatever you brought up above, masters programme in the US are simply not a good choice if your end goal is a PhD programme, since they aren't sufficiently rigorous; i.e. most programmes don't allow you to take the full breath of the first year PhD courses.
[QUOTE=tutonic;1024258]Kexin, regardless of the validity of whatever you brought up above, masters programme in the US are simply not a good choice if your end goal is a PhD programme, since they aren't sufficiently rigorous; i.e. most programmes don't allow you to take the full breath of the first year PhD courses.
But a successful applicant don't need to take the full breath of PhD sequences, right? The chair and other members of adcom in my department told us that take micro and got A is basically enough; if two, marginally better. All three? May not worth it for most students. That's what I heard.
Quoting Kexin: “The pooled placement data of European programs are not that informative to Asian students. Most of sparkly placement records are from Europeans rather than Asians. Asians are not in the sample pool with others when adcom in the US review applications”.
Your assumption is that race matters when applying from an European program. Your next assumption is that placements records are from Europeans rather than Asians. I am not sure if you are actually in a PhD program because you have some pretty obvious flaws in your Econometrics reasoning. Race does not matter. It does not matter whether the student is black, asian or whatever when attending the masters. Since the course structure is the same for everyone, the signal sent is also the same be it asian or european.
Secondly, did you entertain the fact that maybe asians are not represented in CEMFI or whatever is because they aren’t that many applying to these places? And if I may ask, how do you know the race of each master attendee that has been places from these unis?. From what I know, they do not hold demographic data when discussing placements. If you have passed MWG you have passed it; the signal is the same for everyone.
You need to also define what a sucessful applicant is. Prof. Startz had awesome data on the differences between US vs Foreign students entering into US PhDs. US applicants typically possess almost always research experience when entering top 10-20. Foreign students on the other hand were always entering PhDs with a masters. So to close the gap of research experience, yes they would benefit from taking the full sequence at their masters in Europe. As this also gives positive signal for research ability (indirectly signaling intuition).
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