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    Re: UC Irvine vs UNC in Labor/IO

    Both have good labor economics faculty. But they have different styles of research. The Irvine group is what we call 'design-based' or 'reduced-form' (the former is more accurate, but the latter is...
  2. Re: Questions to ask current Graduate Students at Prospective Schools

    I am a DGS and encourage all prospective students to talk with our faculty and current students before making their choice. (As an aside, I'm surprise how many don't take me up on this.) Ask current...
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    Sticky: Re: 2019 Admission Sweat Thread

    We roughly admit half of the students from our waitlist. But sometimes more (last year nearly all) and sometimes less. It's really hard to say.
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    Re: Berkeley ARE vs HKS

    Broadly, yes. Both places are very good in development economics. I'm not as familiar with the environmental field. Having said that, once you dig in a bit, you may find that one has some advantages...
  5. Re: Choosing a program outside top 30: environmental/development

    Congratulations on being admitted to such a large group of good departments. This isn't my area of research, so I can't comment on that aspect of fit. But please don't let the size of the stipend...
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    Re: Berkeley ARE vs HKS

    Congratulations on these acceptances. I wouldn't put any weight on 'branding'. Both have excellent reputations and regularly train top tier scholars. You own output will be far more important than...
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    Re: Northwestern PhD program

    I think it's fine to just email the DGS directly. Staff don't always have the relevant background to match current and prospective students.
  8. Re: How much does it worth to attend a department vist?

    Here's my perspective as a faculty member who works on graduate admissions. We invite all prospective students to visit (either on a organized visit day or another day). Most people don't visit for...
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    Sticky: Re: 2019 Admission Sweat Thread

    I'm on the faculty at an (optimistically) similarly ranked department and have asked versions of that questions. First, there's just curiosity. There is a lot of noise in the process. We reject...
  10. Re: Profile Evaluation - Also What to work on for the next few years

    You have a very good profile. Is the economics consulting firm your current job? One can always take additional math classes, but you've the basic and second level classes already. I think additional...
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    Re: Northwestern PhD program

    You should ask the Director of Graduate Studies to put you in touch with a handful of graduate students who are at different points in the program, ideally who work in your broad area of interest....
  12. Re: Robert Thomas: Introduction and Further Guidance Appreciated

    This page is quite helpful for learning the basics of graduate school: American Economic Association

    Don't focus on specific faculty. You want to apply to a range of schools. Outside the top 20 or...
  13. Re: Profile Evaluation - Fall 2019 Econ Ph.D. Application

    I agree that the TOEFL is the main thing holding you back. It would be good to retake it.
    Yes, you have a great shot at schools in the top 30. Once you get out of the top 20 or so, I would focus...
  14. Re: Is it always better to mention specific professors in SOP?

    We read the SOP to get a sense of your general areas of interest (so we know if you are a good fit with our department) and whether you can communicate clearly. No need to name professors.

    In...
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    Re: Adding course codes?

    You should get an official answer from the Harvard admissions office.
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