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Re: Assorted 2021 cycle application questions
Here are some thoughts (having done PhD admissions for nearly 20 years):
1. A strong GRE can only help you. I realize it may be hard to define 'strong' and it depends on the school.
2. We skim the writing sample. We don't read it too carefully. We are college professors, so we know the difference between an undergraduate paper and MA paper. In our case, you don't have to submit an economics paper. We just want to get some sense of what kind of work you've done in the past, whether you can write, etc. Submit your best sample of your own writing. If it shows off economics skills, great. I think the people writing references for you would be helpful in choosing the paper to submit.
3. This is discussed quite a bit in other threads. Here's what I wrote recently in another thread:
4. A CV can be a help one-stop-shop to see what you've been doing. Keep it professional. Not sure what you man by fluff.
Originally Posted by tbe