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    Boston University rank for development and labor

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    Where would folks over here rank BU overall and especially for development and labour? I know it's classified as a MRM but where exactly would it fit? Top 25? Top 30? Top 40? Also, if you're a PhD student at a MRM, what are some helpful advice you have for improving your profile and making yourself competitive for the academic job market?

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    Re: Boston University rank for development and labor

    Solid top 20 IMO, even higher for development/labor, if you work at the intersection of the two fields.

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    Re: Boston University rank for development and labor

    BU is a solid top 20-25 program. While the US news rankings are imperfect, they're a decent proxy for the "tiers" of US programs, and BU has consistently been in the top 25 for as long as I've been in the field.

    The applied micro faculty are strong, especially in labor/history. (Incidentally, they are also a very nice and supportive group of people). The development side has gone through some changes in recent years with departures and hirings but there's still plenty of support for students. Also there really isn't anyone right now doing development RCTs or experiments in the econ department (though some in Pardee do) so just be aware of that.

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    Re: Boston University rank for development and labor

    According to USNews, it's #23 in the US. I personally think their placements look better than other those of other schools in that rank around 20-25. It would be very conservative to call it a top 25 IMO.

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    The faculty is stronger than the program's rank (by Repec rankings)- proximity to MIT & Harvard seems to be a huge factor.

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