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    1. It is very unclear to my why you know you will be writing *GRADUATE LEVEL* topology papers, given that you haven't taken any formal proof-based classes yet. Right now, what is studied and developing at the graduate level (and beyond in terms of research) in topology is algebraic topology, knot theory, and maybe geometric group theory (if you consider that in the "topology field"). Those require decent knowledge in Modern/Abstract Algebra (at the graduate level). I fail to see why getting to that level is valuable at all for economics - taking graduate topology is one thing, but expending the time and effort to have a graduate-level novel paper in the field is another. The opportunity cost there is HUGE.

    2. I would shoot for one solid paper, not two mediocre ones. I would certainly not attempt two economics papers plus papers in topology!

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    While I can't speak of how adcoms perceive it, it definitely seems like a poor use of time. Echoing what's said above, a single polished paper is better than two mediocre ones; quality over quantity. You're not up tenure. There are no need for filler papers to give the impression that you're productive.

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    Go for it. Haters gonna hate!

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    There is nothing wrong with mentioning class papers you have written.

    They are very unlikely to get much attention unless (a) they are published or (b) they are so good that your letter writers discuss them.

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    I decided to just stick to econ papers... thanks to everyone for their help! (But I will take a few grad level math courses!)

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    (But I will take a few grad level math courses!)
    I thought you were gonna do MA in Maths as well? Did you also drop that idea?

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