Just curious, what's your home country, if you don't mind?
Type of Undergrad: B.S. in Economics (Major) with Math (Minor) from the US; ranked 83rd in Economics (US news)
Undergrad GPA: 3.92/4.00 overall ( 4.00 in Econ, 3.87 in Math)
Type of Grad: Phd Stream M.A. in Economics from Top - 4 Canadian
Grad GPA :4.33/4.33
GRE: GRE: Q168 / V165 / AWA 5.0
Econ Courses :Principles of Micro (A+), Principles of Macro (A), Intermediate micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A),Econometrics (A+), Mathematical Economics (A), Game -Theory (A+) Experimental Economics (A) and more (all A's)
Math Courses: Calc I (A-), Cal-II(A), Multivariable Calculus (A+), Abstract Algebra(A+), Probability theory (A), Mathematical Statistics (A-), Linear Algebra (A+), Differential Equations (B+), Intro Real Analysis (A+), Complex Analysis (A), Numerical Analysis. (WP),Phd Math Econ ( A+)
Econ Courses (grad-level):Phd Micro -Theory (96/100), Phd Macro Theory (91/100), Phd Econometrics (95/100), Phd Mathematical Economics (92/100); Phd Micro-II, Phd-Macro-II, Phd-MetricsII (in progress)
LOR's : All from Grad Professors(Brown,PennState,Minnesota) Should be good because I was at the top 5% of the their classes.
Research Experience: 7 years working at an International Research Institute back in home country + part-time lecturer at reputed private university in my home country.
Research Interests : Macroeconomics, International Trade
Applying to : Top 2 Canadian , Top-25 US.
Concerns : Lack of publication, time lag between undergrad and grad.
Aiming too high ? Love my current grad school and will only make a shift if there is a better offer from a higher ranked school.Would love to get into Minnesota because I am a Macro guy. Any comments/suggestions would be highly appreciated.
He has taken entire first year PhD Econ classes from Canada top 4. His first semester was good and if he continues this in the next semester I do not see why not. His LORs are good, his GRE is decent. Only research experience he is lacking but he can compensate it with other things that he has done.
Edit: I meant you, sorry!
Top 10 is a stretch, more so for next cycle. While there's nothing wrong with being optimistic, it's not advisable to be overly optimistic and mislead users about their realistic chances.
@freakonomist Minnesota seems like a very plausible target for your case. It would be great if you could schedule some time to meet with one of your macro professors which are writing your letters, to discuss about your research interests and maybe what kinds of questions are being explored currently in the literature. This has immediate benefits; first, it'll help you get some clarity on the kinds of questions you'll be asking if you end up doing macro (and also help you assess whether you truly like it); second, it'll help your professor write slightly better letters since he'll know that you plan on specialising in macro.
@ Tutonic : right on point...and my phd macro professor is from Minnesota and is well regarded in Macroeconomics...and she knows me pretty well, we had long talks in her office regarding my research interests and existing research in the field
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