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Hi all, Does anyone know how good is a RA at IMF for those interested in getting into top PhD programs? (I know that being an RA at a top10 univ is a better option but it's not available for me at this time). I looked for the PhD placement of former IMF RAs but couldn't find anything. Thanks in advance!
Hi fellow PhD applicants, I am applying to PhD Econ programs this year (all in Europe) if things go well, i will start next fall, and i am now contacting my professors (who i have not talk to for 2 years) to ask them to be my reference. I have been working at the IMF as an RA for 2 years but some schools insist that get only academic letters though IMF is really a research-oriented institution.... (while other schools are a bit more flexible as long as it can demonstrate my ability to do research and succeed in the program). So, if i am interested in Macro, is it ok to ask a professor who i took microeconometrics with to be my reference? or would it carry less weight? I already asked on Macro-professor, but the second professor that comes to my mind is this micro-professor because i did well in her class, and it's still "econometrics"... Happy to hear opinions :)
I'm a recent college grad ready to apply for PhD programs in the fall. I have my 3 rec letters, my GRE, and I think I have a shot at a school at least in the top 10. The one caveat is that my goal in getting a PhD was always to work eventually at the Fed, the IMF, the World Bank, or as a research economist in the private sector -- i.e., to do econ research, but not strictly as an academic. But some people I've talked to on the PhD track have told me that in order to be successful as a PhD student, I should really want to be a professor in the LR -- especially considering the 5-7 year-long commitment that is a PhD. Do any of the current PhD students on the forum have a perspective on this? Is anyone in a PhD program with similar goals in mind?
During and after my application process I thought a lot about what I would like to do after I finish my PhD. I realized that while I enjoy research and am good at it, I really do not want to be a professor. I would much rather employ the knowledge to contribute to real world problems, policy work etc. This is why IMF, WB, similar international institutions, think-tanks and some consultancy firms seem like a perfect fit for me. Now some people say that PhD is generally worth it only if someone wants to pursue academic career afterwards; that it is a bad fit/useless for someone wanting to work in policy-related job afterwards. And I see these comments quite often. Yet I see many, many people with PhD's in IMF, WB and other institutions. And usually at least half of senior staff in economic consultancies have PhD's too; the share of PhD's in serious economic policy think-tanks is even larger. While I admit that one can be successful in this field without a PhD, the degree seems like the more "standard" and easier way in. What do you guys think?