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    Profile Evaluation for 2020

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    Type of Undergrad: Top 20 US News econ private university, majors in econ and philosophy
    Undergrad GPA: 3.76
    Type of Grad: None
    Grad GPA: None
    GRE: 168V, 170Q, 4W
    Math Courses: Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra (A), Probability (A), Real Analysis (A)
    Econ Courses (grad-level): None
    Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Micro I (A-), Micro II (A+), Macro (A-), Econometrics (A)
    Other Courses:
    Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ profs (thesis advisor + thesis workshop prof) 1 philosophy prof
    Research Experience: 1 year at econ consulting firm, honors thesis
    Teaching Experience: None
    Research Interests: IO, Macro
    SOP: In progress
    Concerns:
    1) Should I take differential equations? Would the marginal benefit be worth taking it (would have to do it online)?
    2) Should I switch the last phil prof rec to someone who worked at the econ consulting firm to discuss my research abilities?
    3) Applying to RA-ships right now: is it worth doing two years of RA to add to my profile? I want to do a one year RA to experience doing research in an academic environment, not just in industry. Would a rec letter from an RA-ship be worth waiting a year?

    Other: Working at a random analyst job in business right now
    Applying to: all programs from top 6 - 20, and a few in the top 5 just to have the peace of mind. I know I have somewhat of a strange background and would love any and all perspectives on whether this is a reasonable goal.

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: Profile Evaluation for 2020

    Econ consulting letter strictly dominates phil professor letter - a philosophy professor cannot accurately assess your qualifications for economics PhD programs.

    DiffEq is not hugely beneficial, though unclear what the opportunity cost is in your situation.

    This profile is weird: are you leaving out most of your classes? You did an econ major and you only have 4 classes in econ?

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