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    Re: Disclosure of applications

    It isn't that uncommon to write that you have geographic constraints and are only looking at a small number of schools. Probably will have no effect one way or the other, though it could help your...
  2. Re: PhD Economics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Not sure I agree with this. Most of their students did not come from their MSPE program.
  3. Thread: Which School?

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    Re: Which School?

    I'm not a macroeconomist, so I can't comment on that. But I will say that you should probably not be choosing based on the size of the stipend. The differences are small relative to your lifetime...
  4. Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    You really aren't going to be that badly off. We aren't robots. We know that pass/fail in spring 2020 means something different than in other periods. We read files carefully and letters of reference...
  5. Re: What Math Classes to Take Before Grad Stats or "Math for Economists"?

    Your math or stats departments probably has a two semester sequence of (a) probability theory and (b) mathematical statistics. These are great classes to take as graduate school preparation.
  6. Thread: April 15 Deadline

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    Re: April 15 Deadline

    I agree. I'm a Director of Graduate Studies and this is what I tell people we've admitted to our program: accept your best offer by April 15. If you change your mind after that date, you ask for a...
  7. Thread: 2020 Sweat Thread

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    Sticky: Re: 2020 Sweat Thread

    Are you asking how likely is it that, if you are admitted off the waitlist, you'll also have funding? Varies from school to school, but I would imagine that most schools (mine included) only have a...
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    Re: Columbia vs Northwestern vs NYU

    You should pick the program that best fits your research interests (which you mentioned) and provides a good supporting environment for students. At that level, your placement outcomes are largely...
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    Re: Brown vs. CMU Tepper vs. RA

    Is the faculty member that you'd work for an economist? Does she/he work in your areas of interest? What would you be doing as an RA and what skills would you develop?
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    Re: PhD Programs with Epilepsy

    I'm the DGS at a good program ranked in the 50-80 range.

    I agree with tm_member above, though add the following: people put way, way too much weight on these rankings. Some rankings are based on...
  11. Thread: COVID-19 Concerns

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    Re: COVID-19 Concerns

    I'm a Director of Graduate Studies. We have not been given any information about next year. I don't think anyone knows anything at this point and we are just trying to figure out how to finish this...
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    Re: Help! Which offer to accept?

    One thing that I would not do is use rankings. They have their place, but are imperfect. If you've narrowed down your selection to three choices, you have much more information than you think. First,...
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    Re: Question About Visitation Day

    Do you have a funding offer from this department?

    In our department, most admitted students do not visit. Some are international and it is far too expensive. It's still quite expensive for many...
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    Re: When are PhD applications scrutinized?

    The deadline to apply to many programs is mid-January. We start reviewing applications then. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, in part because applications take a while to get from admissions...
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    Re: Value of Masters Degree Received During PhD

    I agree also.

    Out students earn the masters basically after finishing their second year in the PhD program. It really has little value if you finish the PhD. The only 'intermediate' value is if...
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