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Everything posted by Rohanps

  1. In my experience, that'd be a decent shout for a T20-30, with an outside shot at a T15-20. Anything more than that seems unlikely from what I've seen though. Your advisors will know best, of course.
  2. You should probably add a few more in the 20-30 range, and a handful in the 30-50 range as US universities (unreasonably) tend not to hold degrees from the UK in high regard.
  3. This is where the US system of undergrad education fails to grasp the nature of undergrad courses in Europe - maths is heavily embedded within each economics course in the European system (basically you cannot get an economics undergrad degree without understanding things like integration, matrices, etc, unlike in the US where a number of places let you become an economics major without taking basic calculus). As such, someone with an economics undergrad from a European university very likely already has sufficient maths for a PhD in the US. It is a shame that many US PhD admission committees do not realise this.
  4. As someone who also came to a PhD later in life (and am still a PhD student), here are my thoughts: 1. You can certainly apply - I'd focus on programmes that specifically have a joint law and economics speciality, or maybe a political economy programme. However, most programmes of which I know will still require the GRE and any other admission requirements to be met. 2. US PhDs are not part-time as far as I know. However, UK ones can be - I think Warwick also has one, but I don't know much about them. 3. You could try, but I think your chances there are 4. Note that Oxford and Cambridge would require you to take the MPhil before the PhD, so the amount of time is roughly the same as in US PhDs, with obtaining a good enough mark on the MPhil serving as the qualifying "exam" for the PhD programme. The MPhil has extensive lecture requirements.
  5. Your own profile says that you have a distance learning Accounting & Finance undergraduate degree from a UK university. That is not the same as an Economics degree. Moreover, as I'm sure you well know, just looking at syllabi provides little (if any) information about what is actually taught during a course. Hence, my previous comments still stand.
  6. This generally is not true in the UK - UK economics undergraduate programmes are heavily maths-based and always cover calculus, differential equations, and almost always "real analysis". Indeed, any good UK undergraduate economics programme requires entrants to have an A-level in maths. While what you say seems to be true for US undergraduate economics programmes, it is almost always false for UK undergraduate programmes.
  7. If I can add one word of caution, in my experience PhD admissions committeess tend to downweight students with as many years of work experience as you tend to have. Of course, not all universities do, but many in the top 10-20 appear to do so,
  8. Usually monthly, as far as I can tell. Some unis might do them at the start of every term though.
  9. Assuming you have funding there, I'd agree with your first instincts at go to UIUC.
  10. I applied and got through to the data exercise (but no further) of a few of these back in 2015 / 2016 - as iampain0 said, the exercises themselves are fairly esoteric, but common things involved cleaning a dataset (checking it for missings, outliers etc) and then investigating to see if there was a relationship between certain variables / answering a particular (relatively simple) question. In my experience, the people reviewing one's answers care much more about the answers / write-up than they do about which software programme was used to produce the answers.
  11. That set of scores seems absolutely fine to me (providing your TOEFL passes the relevant thresholds too) - as a native English speaker I only got 165 on the verbal component and it didn't do me any harm.
  12. The last part of your statement does depend on how one defines under-represented, but let's leave it there as it's probably not relevant for this forum :)
  13. The point is twofold: 1) Economics is a global profession, and the proportion of economists who are Asian is far below the proportion of the global population that is Asian; and 2) By implying that Asians are not a minority, the AEA ignores the fact that Asian economists are subject to substantial discrimination (similar to how other under-represented minorities are discriminated against). Thankfully some AEA members recognise this and are trying to change things, but it's a very slow process precisely due to the failure of others to recognise the discrimination that Asians face.
  14. *an under-represented minority group as defined by the AEA itself, thereby excluding Asian-Americans and all non-US citizens despite them being minority groups within the US and the economics profession.
  15. In my experience (having completed the Warwick Msc with Distinction) it's very under-rated by US (and other UK) admissions committees. It's actually a very rigourous programme that uses MWG as the main text during its micro sequence, but is erroneously seen as not being sufficiently "mathsy" by many (but not all) people. As such, if you can get into and do well at one of the other unis mentioned, then I'd suggest those masters programmes would be a better bet for getting in to a US PhD programme.
  16. These are fair points, but I was speaking specifically about RA positions rather than PhD admissions. Perhaps my disclaimer in parentheses at the end of the first sentence in my original post was a bit too weak?
  17. They matter a lot! Having that connection certainly gets you in the door, and most likely gives you a leg up throughout the entire application process (but won't guarantee you the job if you're particularly ill-suited to it). It's one of the worst things (in its lack of meritocracy) about the profession.
  18. I agree with you regarding Python vs R, but feel that you're being rather harsh on Stata. In particular, I've found Stata's online resources (such as Statalist) to be incredibly helpful and comprehensive when trying to resolve an issue with code. Agree that Stata is probably best for data cleaning once one has obtained the raw data (e.g. through web scraping with Python).
  19. I thought personal attacks weren't allowed on here; or is it one rule for some and a different rule for others?
  20. It's the UK degree classification system - it's the second highest classification possible so is consistent with about a 3.7 GPA on the US system.
  21. Just check any syllabus for first year courses at a UK university. The fact that maths generally is required for entry into economics programmes in the UK tells you everything. You are, of course, entitled to believe differently should you so wish.
  22. In my own experience (and from other stories I've heard), many US admissions committees are very bad at judging the strength of an application from the UK. At the minimum, for some reason the US also generally requires UK applicants have a masters degree despite the first year of a UK undergrad course covering more than an entire economics major degree in the US.
  23. From my experience, US admissions people tend to look down on (or just don't know the rigour of) UK undergraduate programmes, in particular with regards to the level of maths covered. I also understand that it'd be very difficult to obtain admission to any US programme after "just" an undergrad degree (despite the fact that UK undergrad economics degrees cover far more than covered in the US), so doing a Masters next is probably your best option in my view.
  24. Both of the above bits of advice are excellent - I can only add that you don't have to have just one group of people with whom you study, but things just naturally seem to gravitate that way. It also helps if you get along with your study group members on a personal level too, so don't just try to join one that has all the seemingly smart people :)
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