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    Re: Profile Evaluation

    As mentioned above, probably the quality of your letters will matter a great deal if you apply now. Even with your grades, it's a gamble for the adcom at a T20 or maybe T30 to admit you from an...
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    Re: Early Profile Review & Math Course Advice

    No-name liberal arts does unfortunately hurt, both because it acts as a signal of the rigor of courses you've taken and because your profs are unlikely to be well recognized or have many connections...
  3. Re: How much do connections matter for RA positions?

    I see. Yeah I guess I'm mostly emphasizing the disclaimer. I don't think one has to be ill-suited to the job for connections to be insufficient; even a pretty good candidate shouldn't rely on...
  4. Re: How much do connections matter for RA positions?

    I've been an RA at a T5 institution and was involved in our hiring process of new RA's. Connections will help get your application noticed. They may be particularly useful for someone whose...
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    Re: Profile Evaluation - Fall 2020 Cycle

    Your undergrad professor letter writer being well known is an important boost (see the recent thread on Top 10 admissions). Yeah, if you're at one of the stronger (in terms of undergrad) top 30...
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    Re: The Truth About Top 10 Admissions

    OP, I think for readers who are future applicants it would be helpful to more clearly distinguish whether the problem of attending particular undergrad institutions is (1) having relatively useless...
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    Re: Profile Evaluation - Fall 2020 Cycle

    Two important remaining unknowns are (1) the strength of undergrad reputation at your school, as this varies a bit around the econ top 30 range, and of course (2) the strength of your LORs. On...
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    Re: RA jobs

    I've worked at both Fed and NBER, and was involved in our recruiting of new RAs. I'll second tutonic that 3.5 tends to be a rough cutoff, but we certainly looked at applications from folks with...
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    Re: RA - Research Assistant Jobs in USA

    If you're already well-versed in Stata and MHE, it's not that learning Python/R is useless. I just personally would prioritize it below these other things, including doing well in your MSc program....
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    Re: Failing a Gen Ed Course?

    Maybe others will know better about the F specifically, but when you do apply, I'd probably recommend taking a relatively large list of schools. Given your strong research background but somewhat...
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    Re: RA - Research Assistant Jobs in USA

    And, if you do these things, highlight them in cover letters / interviews!! Talking about any of these in an interview for an empirically-minded RA job would really be impressive, and would certainly...
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    Re: RA - Research Assistant Jobs in USA

    Check here as well for postings: Econ RA Listings (@econ_ra) | Twitter

    Generally, you will be limited as not all positions sponsor visas. Postings should mention if they can sponsor; if not you...
  13. Re: Online extension courses & PhD admissions

    That's right - if it's the same professor I had, he likes to make proofs very central to the course. And exams (if I remember correctly) are largely based on memorizing a number of proofs. Like I...
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    Re: Missing topics in analysis

    Also.. Consider taking a field course instead of the full first year sequence (especially in place of macro, if that's not your field of interest)? Taking even one of first year micro or metrics and...
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    Re: Missing topics in analysis

    I'd recommend looking up course materials for the first sequence at your university (notes, psets, maybe even exams are often available on professor's websites). The relevance of these topics may...
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