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Re: UK MSc: Economics vs Econometrics
I'm LSE MSc Econ alumni.
Short answer: NO for top schools (probably top 20), MAYBE for lower-ranked schools.
Long answer: From my experience, I feel that top US econ departments do not really give value to master's programmes from UK. Few exceptions are "distinction" from Oxbridge's MRes/MPhil and LSE's Econ/EME. But the condition that you get distinction means you must apply for PhD after you graduated from these programmes, so they won't help you for the next year. Lower-ranked schools might still give some value if you are already in these programmes AND you can get some strong LOR(s) from faculties there. Myself fall in the latter case.
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