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    Doing an Econ PhD iff you get into a T5 indicates that you do not love the process of research/grad school. Therefore, doing PhD might not be in your best interest.

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    Re: Econ PhD Profile Evaluation: Fall 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by messi View Post
    Thanks a lot! Appreciate the feedback.

    So the gaping hole is the Master's university ranking... I'll try to explain this in the S.O.P as eloquently as possible.

    I mean, I'm currently making more than what an entry level professor makes at a top20-top50 university. So there's no point in applying if I don't get into top 5 (other than the fact that I genuinely love the subject and want to change the world *pls stop rolling your eyes*)

    Any thoughts on how I can improve this profile? Do another M.S/M.A from an Ivy/top5 (that'll be like burning money)? Maybe R.A and earn peanuts for 2 years?

    how to breach this academia paywall guys..
    If you really are considering solely salary, then academia isn't really for you.

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    Wow. You all really brought me to the ground with the castigation.

    As far as money is concerned, I couldn't care less (I know people say it but I mean it). However, I think it's always sensible to compute the opportunity cost, which (for me) is pretty damn high. Not solely in terms of money, but in terms of research/career/personal-life/saving-the-world goals.

    Also, based on what I've shared, it's easy to think of me as a person looking for accreditation rather than knowledge. You haven't seen me sleeping on the library floors trying to learn economics, so I don't blame you.

    I agree with you guys. Research is what matters and should matter. The problem though (and I think all the erudite folks here know this) is that economics in U.S is extremely hierarchical and institutionalised. Even when you have a groundbreaking idea from not-so-reputated state college, the probability that it will get published in AER etc. over somebody with an average idea but from top5 college is quite low. The barriers to entry diminish significantly once you're at a top institution (and this disparity really sucks). I wish there was a way to change this (I would've change this if I could!)

    I'd love to hear counterarguments and your ways to better academia for economists.

    Also, if anybody is willing to read my S.O.P, let me know. Thanks!

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