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  1. Re: Formulating a plan to attend a good phD program

    Go for plan 2.

    Don't worry about the bad first year grades.

    Talk to faculty at your current school about your plans. You will eventually need letters of recommendation.
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    Sticky: Re: 2020 Sweat Thread

    Is this from an American school?
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    Re: Question About Visitation Day

    Let me add to what others have said that choosing where to go is making a very large investment, in terms both of where you will be productive and where you will be happy. That argues for visiting if...
  4. Re: Profile Evaluation: Do I have a chance to get an offer from those universities?

    I didn't mean to suggest that real analysis isn't valuable. It is. In particular, for many people this course is where they learn how to do proofs.
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    Sticky: Re: 2020 Sweat Thread

    "Recommended for admission" usually means admitted.

    Candidates often learn a lot during visiting days, so if you are seriously considering this school you should make an effort to go.
  6. Re: Advice for low ranked PhD applicant in terms of mathematical classes' selection

    I tend to concur with Bayes advice here.
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    ahududu, no cause to be ashamed and certainly no one should knock you.

    What you need to do is to take math classes where the grades will prove that you have overcome early difficulties. Consider...
  8. Re: Advice for low ranked PhD applicant in terms of mathematical classes' selection

    You have to have linear algebra. Almost certainly should have a basic statistics course, preferably a real one where you learn some mathematical statistics, not just how to apply a few formulas to...
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    Re: Pre-doc/Full-time RA, or Econ Masters?

    Lots of people come to thinking about the PhD the same way you have. It's one reason it's good for students to take some serious math courses early on, as it preserves their options for later.
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    Re: Pre-doc/Full-time RA, or Econ Masters?

    True, but only a tiny fraction of econ BAs go on to a PhD. Anyone wanting an econ PhD who hasn't taken linear algebra, and generally more, has been ill-advised.
  11. Re: Profile Evaluation: Do I have a chance to get an offer from those universities?

    You are right that in some cases taking advanced courses is necessary for signalling. If possible take more relevant classes, statistics, probability, advanced linear algebra, stochastic processes.
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    Unless you are planning on working in a very limited set of areas, you have no need for PDE or topology. Real analysis is important for top schools, but not for all schools.

    It can pay to take...
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    Re: Pre-doc/Full-time RA, or Econ Masters?

    I would like to reinforce tutonic's advice. US undergraduates typically do not do master's. Undergraduates in other countries typically do.
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    Re: AEA Summer Program

    I think it is true that Asians are discriminated against in the American job market. However, Asian-Americans are not an underrepresented minority in American academic economics departments.
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    Re: AEA Summer Program

    I' m not quite sure of the point being made here, but the fraction of faculty who are Asian-American is higher than the fraction in the population. I haven't seen data about the fraction of...
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