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  1. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: First Class Honours Economics and Minor Mathematics at a Top 3 Canadian University Undergrad GPA: 3.54/4.0, 3.8/4.0 for Econ Type of Grad: NA Grad GPA: N/A Predoc: At another T3 Canadian University with relatively well known, albeit younger profs. GRE: 168 Quant (92nd percentile), 166 Verbal (97th percentile), 5.0 writing (92nd percentile) Math Courses: Calc 3 (D, B+, I'll explain later), Differential equations ©, Linear Algebra 1 (B+), Honours Linear Algebra 2 (A), Intro to Statistics (A), Probability (A), Statistics (A), Analysis I (A). Econ Courses (grad-level that I took as an undergrad): Game Theory (A-), Micro I (B+) Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Honours Intermediate Micro (A-), Honours Intermediate Macro (B+), Honours Intermediate Stats (A-), Honours Econometrics I (A); Honours Econometrics II (A), Honours Advanced Micro (A), Honours Advanced Macro (A); various econ courses outside the core classes, some honours some not (All A- or A). Other Courses: Foundations of Programming (A), Intro to Computer Science (A) Research Experience: two internships in economic policy with well known think tanks in Washington DC, part time RA for labour economist while in Undergrad, part time RA for a different labour economist at another institution during undergrad and summer after undergrad, part time RA on NBER project summer after undergrad, Predoc at a different top 3 Canadian University. Letters of Recommendation: All from professors I've been an RA for. Two have published decently however are quite young, another is more senior. Research Interests: Primarily in Urban, but also interested in Public and Applied Micro in general SOP: Going to talk about realizing my late interest in graduate economics in tandem with my upward performance in my grades. My GPA is bad because I wasn't very focused on school at the start. I started my undergrad as a geography student and got bad grades in those courses, the gen-ed freshman courses, and the math courses. I switched into econ 2nd year, enjoyed it, and started taking school more seriously and have gotten significantly better grades since (3.33 average for first two vs 3.84 average for final two years). Additionally, I got straight As in the math courses I took in the latter half of my degree (Honours LinAlg 2, Analysis, Probability, and Statistics) vs the B+ and C I got in the first half in Calc 3 and ODEs. Other: Deans list, 2019/2020 academic year. Received an award for being the graduating student with the highest academic standing in the economics department. Applying to: Would love some advice as to the caliber of school I should be applying to, open to anywhere in US, Canada, or Europe. A very tentative list would be Reaches: University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Columbia, Brown, UCLA, UCSD, Oxford Target: University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, USC, UC Irvine, Boston University, Queens, University, Maryland, UCL, Toulouse School of Economics, Georgetown, University of Washington. Safety: McGill University, University of Pittsburgh, CU Boulder, George Washington University. Is that list realistic? Should I shoot higher/lower? Are there other places I should look at specific to my research interests? Thanks in advance!
  2. Doesn't seem like there are any Roll Call threads anymore, but I'll still use the format from the old ones. I'm finishing my final year of undergrad and will be applying to PhD programs for Fall 2022 start dates. I will likely be attending a 1 year masters of economics at the same university I did my undergraduate at next year. I tried and failed to find a predoc position for next year, however with the decision deadline looming for the masters program I've been accepted to, it looks like I'm going to go with that and give up on being a predoc. Anyway, here's my profile: PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Honours Economics and Minor Mathematics at a Top 3 Canadian University Undergrad GPA: 3.5/4.0, 3.8/4.0 for Econ Type of Grad: MA Econ from the same school I did my undergrad at, starting next year. Grad GPA: N/A GRE: 168 Quant (92nd percentile), 166 Verbal (97th percentile), 5.0 writing (92nd percentile) Math Courses: Calc 1 (B), Calc 2 (B-), Calc 3 (D, B+, I'll explain later), Differential equations ©, Linear Algebra 1 (B+), Honours Applied Linear Algebra (A, it's a more advanced course than the first linear algebra), Intro to Statistics (A), Probability (A), Statistics (In Progress, probably an A), Analysis I (A). Econ Courses (grad-level that I took as an undergrad): Game Theory (A-), Micro I (B+) Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Honours Micro, Macro, and Stats (A- in all 4, all full year/two semester courses); Honours Econometrics I (A); Honours Econometrics II, Honours Advanced Micro, Honours Advanced Macro (In Progress); Independent Research Project (A); various econ courses outside the core classes, some honours some not (All A- or A). Other Courses: Foundations of Programming (A), Intro to Computer Science (A) Letters of Recommendation: One very well known metrics prof from our school, one prof who I am a research assistant to currently, then one of the ones I used for my masters admissions: Well known prof that barely knows me or very young prof who supervised my independent research project. Research Experience: two internships in economic policy with well known think tanks in Washington DC, independent research project, undergrad research assistant x2. Teaching Experience: N/A Research Interests: Urban, Public, Applied Micro, Econometrics SOP: The two things I want to talk about are my strong upward trend in my undergrad grades (particularly with math courses) and my late realization that I am interested in pursuing an econ PhD. I had a 3.2ish GPA after my first three semesters of undergrad. In my three since I've gotten a 3.77, 3.94, and 3.86, leaving my GPA at a 3.51. Also, my bad grades in Calc 1 and 2 came when I was in high school and they let us take community college courses. For Calc 3 and ODEs, they came as a second year. I think I've matured a bit as a student since then, and went on to get As in Analysis, Honours Applied Linear Algebra, Probability, and (hopefully) Statistics. As for my late interest in an econ PhD, I originally wanted to go into the public policy world, however after my two internships I pivoted to academic economics, thus I didn't get my first RAship until my last semester of undergrad. If there's a way to frame my policy experience as a good thing I'll take it, but I've heard that PhD admissions don't really care about it. Concerns: My grades in computational mathematics suck. I got a D in Calc 3 during the first semester of my second year. I took a supplemental exam (essentially counts as retaking the class in one exam) and got a B+, which is decent I suppose. C in ODEs is tough, but the class average (which is given on my transcript) was also a C so I pray schools take that into account. I'm hoping my As in Analysis, Honours Applied Linear Algebra, Probability, and (hopefully) Statistics can lessen that blow, but I've accepted it will hold me back. I am contemplating retaking ODEs or taking another math class at a community college this summer to get a better grade, if people think that would help. Other: Published quite a few policy papers in housing and tax policy during my internships, one even had a regression in it!:glee:.Self or co-author on all. Applying to: Please tell me where I should be looking. So much of the advice out there seems geared toward people applying to top 10 schools and I don't think I'm at that level, even if I got straight As during my masters program next year. Fine with anywhere in the US, Canada, or Europe. I speak English fluently and French intermediately if that helps.
  3. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Australian G8 university (top 50 globally). Bachelor of Economics (Hons.)/Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) Cumulative GPA: 3.75 out of 4.0 (top 3 in cohort) GRE: 168 Q/162 V/5.5 AWA Math Courses: Real Analysis (B) Econ (Honours Level) Courses: Research Project (A+); Industrial Organisation (A+); Public Economics (A+); Public Economics (A+); Macroeconomics (B+); Econometrics (B+); Development Economics (A-). Also 14 undergraduate economics courses, including mathematical economics and 4 semesters of stats. Letters of Recommendation: 1) Honours thesis supervisor. Achieved a 90+ mark (second in cohort). (Strong) 2) Honours course supervisor. (Strong) 3) Professor who I worked on a research project for as part of my work experience. (Super Strong) Research Experience: Honours thesis; research work in consulting (evaluation of a major national program for the Australian Government) Teaching Experience: TA’ed 1 semester in introductory microeconomics Work Experience: Two years in Big 4 government consulting Program skills: R, Stata, QGIS Other: Academic awards in 3 units Strong extra-curriculars – committee member of Economics Students Society and Young Economists Network post-graduation Self-assessment: Lack of maths hurts, but from what I’ve been told Australian honours is more maths intensive than US undergrad econ courses. Our school has sent a couple of people to top 10 in the last 5 years. Talking with my faculty I’ve got a very good shot at top-30 and an outside chance at top 10. Any advice would be appreciated.
  4. Type of Undergrad: Economics Degree with Honours at Australian Uni, Top 200 World QS Rankings GPA: Distinction (High Distinction for Econ Classes), First Class Honours (University Medal for first in class) GRE: 167Q / 159V/ 5.0W Econ Courses Undergrad: Economics 1 (HD, 85/100), Economics 2 (HD, 86/100), Intermediate Micro (D, 83/100), Intermediate Macro (HD, 87/100), Introductory Econometrics (D, 82/100), Mathematics for Economics (HD, 92/100), Game Theory (HD, 95/100), Public Economics (HD, 90/100), Global Economy (HD, 85/100), Applied Microeconometrics (D, 83/100) Econ Courses Honours: Advanced Econometrics (HD, 85/100), Advanced Micro (D, 83/100), Advanced Macro (HD, 86/100), Economic Policy (HD, 85/100) Research Experience: Honours thesis, policy research team in top government department after graduation Teaching Experience: Tutor for Economics 2, Introductory Econometrics LOR: Thesis supervisor and professor for one of the advanced classes, secondary thesis supervisor, honours coordinator and professor for one of the advanced classes Goals: European masters programs as pathway to US PhD. LSE, Oxford, UCL, Cambridge, BGSE, TSE, Bocconi, CEMFI Comments: I clearly don’t have the signalling factor of actual math classes, but at my uni and most in Australia they don’t offer them as part of an econ degree and instead teach you the math required as part of the econ classes, in particular the math for econ class. This is why I am looking at a masters first to improve my chances at US programs. I have researched the type of math needed for these courses and we covered all the important topics, especially in the honours classes. I am worried that my subject list doesn’t signal this and it will be assumed I don’t have a strong enough math background. Also I am considering re-taking the GRE. I did the at-home test due to COVID and my whiteboard marker ran out halfway through, meaning for the second quant section I couldn’t do any working on paper, all in my head. I am confident I could get it higher but not sure it is worth the investment if 167 is good enough. Will 167 exclude me from any potential scholarships or is my profile not competitive enough for that anyway? I’d appreciate any comments on my profile or suggestions for other programs to apply to :)
  5. It seems like 2008-2012 was a golden age for Australian students applying to top US/UK PhD programs straight out of an Honours year. Since, there appears to have been a significant fall in matriculants coming straight out of an Honours year and an accompanying increase in Australians opting to apply to PhD programs after pre-doctoral fellowships. Is this really the case? While the below guide raises many points that remain useful, do any Australian or other international student matriculants or successful applicants have any additional advice to offer? How is the international representation in your program and do they fit a specific profile? For example, it would seem from the limited number of (public) matriculants coming out of Australia now have strong math backgrounds. For the ambitious, prospective PhD student: A Guide – Core Economics Looking forward to discussion and responses!
  6. I'm a UK-based student, currently doing an MSc and applying for PhDs in econ for Fall 2018. I'm trying to figure out where I should aim to get accepted. Would that potentially be top10, top20, top30 or maybe lower? I'd really appreciate your suggestions. Undergraduate Type of Undergrad: Top 3-5 UK uni for economics and maths Major: Economics and statistics (basically 50/50) GPA: 80% (First-Class honours) Maths: two-semester analysis, one-semester linear algebra, set theory, multivariate calculus (all 1st class honours, top 5% of the class); loads of statistics courses (all of them 1st clas honours). Economics: 12 courses in total, mathematical economics, intermediate level micro, macro and econometrics (almost all 1st class honours). Thesis: (macroeconomics)Top 1 in almost 400 students cohort; received a departamental prize for that Graduate Type of Grad: Oxbridge Major: Statistics GPA: won't be available before I apply for PhD. Courses: loads of advanced mathematical statistics. GRE: 169 Quant Research Experience - Two internships in governments related to macro policy. - Research assistant at a national research institution. I know it might not be enough information to give an accurate evaluation, but I was wondering whether based on that you could make a suggestion how I stand among applications from the US and what sort of range of unis I should apply to. Cheers!
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