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  1. Does Cornell AEM MS have solid PhD placements? I keep hearing that masters in "applied economics" aren't useful for applying to PhDs. Also what do you mean by Chicago MAXSS and MARCM?
  2. Hey, so I got the placement info for Tufts: Graduating 2019: University of California, Davis, Michigan State University, Singapore Management University, University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis. Graduating 2018: University of Toronto, UC Davis, Harvard Business School. Graduating 2017: University of Maryland and Cornell University. Graduating 2016: George Washington University and University of Illinois. Graduating 2015: University of Minnesota and Rutgers University. Graduating 2014: University of Virginia, Cornell University, University of Colorado, Boulder Graduating 2013: University of California, San Diego, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, University of Illinois. 2012: University of California Santa Barbara, Cornell University, Iowa State University, Duke University. Is this good?
  3. I'm just impressed at how most people seem to be sure they want to get a PhD so early in their academic career. It took me four years after graduating to realize I wanted to get mine.
  4. Is this really the case for most econ BAs? I know a lot of them that graduate with Calc II and intermediate stats.
  5. My main concern is that the PhD program doesn't look that good. But it's a lot newer than the MS so I don't know if one says anything of the other.
  6. And how is the Tufts faculty? I don't have an econ background so I can't recognize big names just looking at the faculty list.
  7. Recently discovered this program and I'm thinking I might be a good fit. However, they don't post any info on placements into PhD programs. Does anyone know if it's worth it?
  8. Thanks! This was really helpful. Do you know anything about Warwick's postgraduate diploma? It seems like an excellent way of catching up with Econ undergrads and boosting my chances at the other programs like BGSE Bocconi and CEMFI. Also, if you don't mind me asking, where did you end up for your PhD? Did you stay in Europe? Where did your Warwick colleagues end up going?
  9. I've looked for the data. Warwick doesn't publish PhD placements for its MSc program. You're right, we do have data from some of the schools he posted. But like I mentioned at the beginning of this thread, I don't have the quant/econ background necessary to get into those programs. That's why I'm asking about Warwick here. The school itself is ranked better than CEMFI and Bocconi, and pretty close to BGSE, so it's a fair question to ask.
  10. So Warwick MSc wouldn't be considered "very rigorous"? I see it ranked similarly to schools Tutonic mentioned (Bocconi, CEMFI, BGSE. Maybe Bocconi has better name recognition).
  11. Would it be a good idea to apply for “graduate diplomas”? I know Warwick has one that leads into their MSc. Paris 1 also has the MMEF. Is this a common path towards a PhD for people without the econ/quant background? If I perform well can I get into a solid program?
  12. I appreciate all the advice and I’ll certainly take more math classes. The International Economic Policy master definitely lets you take high level math classes and has a ton of intermediate (and some advanced) econ, so that’s what I meant. It’s not your usual public policy masters. I’ve also seen that some schools, like Warwick or McGill, let you take a “qualifying year” or a “diploma” which lets you take most of the classes you need to get into a Masters program. Would that be a good idea if I have the money for tuition? And I’m not too sure about Duflo taking Real Analysis. She double majored in econ and history so I doubt her econ/quant classes were too advanced before going to DELTA
  13. The recent news about Duflo/Banerjee/Kremer has made me really interested in doing development economics (my goal would be to participate in the impact evaluations/RCTs done by J-PAL/IPA/Etc). The thing is, I graduated 2 years ago with a B.A. in International Affairs (at a top school in the field). I took very minimal econ/quant coursework (Calc I, Stats I, Intro to Micro, Intro to Macro, Int'l Econ). This doesn't seem to be enough to get into most masters programs (even less for PhDs). Does anyone know of any well known programs that have a qualifyng year (or a bridging program of that nature)? Right now I think my best bet would be to get into Sciences Po's International Economic Policy program (which has no quantitative requirements) and use it to get into my dream program, PSE's Public Policy and Development Masters. Getting that PPD masters would let me advance into a real econ PhD with PSE. Does my plan make sense? Do any of you have a better idea of what I could do?
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