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From the 2020, AEA Papers and Proceedings, p. 641 PhD Applications 2019-2020, 71 institutions [TABLE=width: 500] [TR] [TD]Applications[/TD] [TD]Offers of admission[/TD] [TD]Acceptances[/TD] [TD]New students enrolled[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]19,039[/TD] [TD]3,266[/TD] [TD]1,070[/TD] [TD]1,020[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
Hi, I'm interested in development and applied micro economics, and need to choose between these two options. Historically, Michigan has had much better placement. But, they lack of senior faculty in development in particular now. They do have a lot of interesting APs joining this fall though. Brown has incredible senior faculty - some of whom have joined in the past few years, but I don't think that their placements have quite caught up yet. Brown is a riskier option (don't know if the placements will catch up) - so not sure whether I should go for the place with more interesting senior people or the program that has a higher median placement.
I won't go into my personal story as to why I'm even asking this question (which I never thought that I would ever ask). Some industry jobs seem very interesting, others seem awful (i.e consulting, Amazon, Zibbit). This prompts me to ask two questions: 1) Is it possible to target only interesting industry jobs that you are a "good fit" for and expect to get one of them? 2) For going into industry is there any advice which differs from the typical advice with regards to choosing a PhD program? I'm only talking about jobs which require a PhD.