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  1. Re: What level of schools should I shoot for? One of those types of posts

    Your letters of rec might be the biggest confining factor in terms of applying to top departments. With that in mind, for the choice between RA and masters I would strongly recommend RA, especially...
  2. Re: Give Up On Top 10 Programs With A 3.5 Undergrad GPA?

    I wouldn't say you've blown your chances. But what's probably more important is to find out whether econ grad school is really for you. It's surely possible for you to get good grades if you...
  3. Re: How significant is the added value of taking grad micro as an undergrad?

    To present my point in a more mechanical way, let's say that taking grad courses has four possible benefits:

    1. Boosting your application by sending a good signal to adcom;
    2. Testing your own...
  4. Re: How significant is the added value of taking grad micro as an undergrad?

    I might be a little over-optimistic, but based on the profiies of T5/T10 students I've got to know, I think OP has a pretty good shot at T10 schools. A grad-level course would certainly help with...
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    Re: 2016 Application Sweat Thread

    I can offer an informed opinion: they sent out a batch of offers, but are probably waiting to see how many will decline right away or soon, to decide how many to admit from the remaining pool. So I...
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    Visit Day/Open House Experience 2016

    Hi everyone,

    Given that visit days at some schools have already happened, I thought it'd be nice to have a separate thread that gathers people's experience at visit days/open houses, impression of...
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    Re: Value of Attending a Program Outside of T15

    Take placements of OSU (which has been brought up a few times in this forum) as an example: https://economics.osu.edu/phd-placement-history

    From eyeballing, on average at least half of the...
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    Re: New student guides

    Written by UC Davis students from a while ago: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/phd/How_to_Survive_1st_Year.pdf
    From two UMN students, guide for first-years starts halfway:...
  9. Re: Advantages of studying in the United States or at a "top" department?

    I agree with others that peer effects are very important. As is probably obvious, phd students spend much more time with peers than with their advisors. Another great characterization I've heard...
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    Re: 2016 Application Sweat Thread

    Just an update on Berkeley for those still waiting to hear: according to staff, all offers have been sent out and the rest will likely be rejections. Don't know if there will be a wait list, though.
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    Re: 2016 Application Sweat Thread

    Would you mind sharing a little about your experience at visit day for us who will be going later, Barista? I, for one, am very excited about the opportunities, though anxiety is definitely there too.
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    Re: 2016 Application Sweat Thread

    Me too! I submitted the application hours before the deadline, which may or may not have to do with the current situation.
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    Re: 2016 Application Sweat Thread

    NYU's visit day is on April 1. I would love to know about Berkeley too.
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    Re: Microtheory at Columbia

    I'd join the crowd and say that Northwestern would be the best choice for micro theory among your options. It seems that Northwestern's placement in the field has been pretty good over the last...
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    Re: Microtheory at Columbia

    I agree with Temporary1 that you should focus more on the younger and more active faculty. I am not familiar with micro theory at Columbia either, but my general impression is that it is not among...
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