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Everything posted by startz

  1. I don't know that it will make you feel any better, but the admission process is incredibly random. Admission committees are looking at 300~800 applications, almost all of which meet basic qualifications. No one on these committees believes they get it exactly right. One shouldn't take the results personally--although of course we all do.
  2. Economics generally does not require an interview, although there are a small number of programs that do.
  3. Things have indeed been quiet here, which is a real loss for applicants. But let me mention that if you compare to the economics section of theGradCafe, it's still vastly busier here.
  4. American econ PhD programs don't much care what area your undergraduate degree was in.
  5. You should talk to the faculty at McGill who you are going to ask for letters of recommendation. Your graduate grades are superb, but your UW grades aren’t. So the McGill letters will be especially important.
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  7. In general, intermediate is important. I expect your solid experience in econometrics will overcome that.
  8. On the surface you seem to have an excellent shot at a T20. Deeper down you probably also have an excellent shot...but talk to the people writing your letters. In particular, talk to the faculty who have previously sent students on to the PhD.
  9. Excellent record. You should be proud of your accomplishments. On the surface, you are an excellent candidate for those schools. But letters of recommendation matter a lot. So chat with the econ profs who will write you letters and see where they think you should go. Also, even though you are a very strong candidate you might want to add a couple more safety schools given the enormous amount of randomness in admissions.
  10. People do sometimes transfer. But you should realize that you would likely have to pretty much start over, adding two years to the time to get a PhD.
  11. Absolutely not a deal breaker, especially if you do well in the next class.
  12. This may be a good time to remind people about deadlines for accepting offers. The Council of Graduate Schools writes in part, Almost all graduate schools with economics programs are party to this agreement. (Business schools may not be.) The complete statement is at https://cgsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/CGS_April15_Resolution_Apr22.pdf.
  13. No, not necessarily anything to do with waitlist. All we know is that 62 offers were made. Almost everyone makes more offers than they expect to have accepted. Usually, many more.
  14. Good question. We're wondering about that too! This will be a campus-by-campus decision. We (UCSB) do not have an answer. I'm told, third hand, that one other campus has been told to make many fewer offers.
  15. I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, but the raise is on the order of 30 percent first year plus another 20 percent the second year across all the UC's. Pay at Berkeley and UCLA will be somewhat higher. Much, much more than inflation.
  16. This is likely to be decided differently on different campuses and probably differently across different departments on the same campus. It is not good. In many places there are not yet clear decisions. On the other hand, pay for graduate students is going up a lot.
  17. Only a few econ programs do interviews.
  18. About two-thirds of econ PhDs go to international students, which doesn't exactly answer the question but is probably close. https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=16201. Many schools have a waitlist, often sending out a few more acceptances quite late in the process.
  19. Will delaying going to grad school by 4 years make things significantly more difficult? Yes. In particular, your math will be very rusty and letters of recommendation may be harder to get. One thing to check is that it is very common for the military to assign recent graduates to go to grad school for a couple of years. But I don't know if this is only for career officers. Being a veteran and/or urm will definitely get you looked at carefully by admission committees. By the way, we recently graduated a PhD who started our program as a colonel in the reserves in his 40s.. Fantastic and successful student.
  20. My guess is that you do have a shot. But you should go ask the people who wrote you letters. They know your record much better than anyone here can.
  21. My guess is that you have a reasonable shot at some of those. As always, it will depend a lot on letters of recommendation.
  22. For all the schools you mention, the critical thing is letters of recommendation. Tell your letter writers where you are thinking of applying and ask them if you have targeted a reasonable set. Several schools have dropped GREs this year, so don't assume the 165 will be a problem everywhere. Being a URM will definitely mean schools will take a closer look.
  23. Given you now have data analyst experience, you should seriously consider doing a pre-doc rather than a master's. This will also let you take a couple of more math courses at the same time.
  24. First, congrats on the GRE. nicely done. If you can take the course and get an A, there is no doubt that will look good. It is true that econ programs are quite hierarchal. As a random example, Princeton's faculty is dominated by folks with degrees either from Princeton or from one of a couple of universities in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On the other hand, the need to go to a top program in order to get an academic appointment is sometimes exaggerated. My program, which is ranked 34 by USNews, sent half our graduates to academic appointments last year. Others went to the World Bank, Microsoft Research, and Apple.
  25. You don't need this class for a top program. You really don't need this class for a program for a just "very good" program. You don't need to go to graduate school in order to get into graduate school. Now this is somewhat generic advice. Go talk to one or more of your letter writers about advice specific to you. PS Do aim for more than a 165 on the quant GRE. You want a 167 or better.
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