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  1. Hey guys, I am currently a 2nd-year Master's student at a top 5 college in my country. Type of Undergrad: Engineering in Electronics & Communication from a virtually unknown Asian university. Undergrad Percentage: First Class (62%) Math Courses: Maths - I, Maths - II, Maths - III (covered Linear Algebra, Calculus, Numerical Methods) : First class with distinction Master's degree - 1st year GPA : 8/10 Relevant Courses: Micro 1 - 9 (A+) Macro 1 - 8 (A) Micro 2 - 8 (A) Statistics - 9 (A+) Econometrics - 6 (B) :( GRE : 160 V, 166 Q, 4 AWA Internship Experience: Worked on applied micro Letters of Recommendation: Three good letters. My current program is specialized in environmental economics, but here on I am interested to pursue research in economic theory or macroeconomics. Will my econometrics grade significantly hurt my chances? I am trying to compensate for the low grade in this semester's econometrics course but I won't have that on my transcripts when I apply this year. Do I have a shot at any of the top 50 US programs or should I try getting some research experience first before applying? I am not so keen on enrolling for another Master's program since time and money both are a constraint. Which schools should I be looking at? Any other suggestions are also welcomed. Thank you!
  2. Undergraduate - Top 85 US in Economics & Finance Field : Major in Economics with Minor in Mathematics Undergraduate G.P.A - 3.91/4.00; Econ G.P.A. (4.00/4.00); Math G.P.A - (3.85/4.00) Economics courses (Undergrad) : Principles of Micro (A+), Principles of Macro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A+), Intermediate Macro (A), Public sector Economics(A), Environmental Econ (A+), Mathematical Economics (A+), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A+), Mathematical Economics (A), International Trade (A), Industrial Organization (A+), International Finance (A+). Mathematics Courses (Undergrad): Calculus-I(A-), Calculus- II(A), Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra (A+), Theoretical Concepts of Calculus (A), Abstract Algebra(A), Differential Equations (B+), Probability (A), Mathematical Statistics (A-), Complex Variables (A) Graduate(completed this Fall-2021) - Phd-stream M.A.in Econ at Top-4 Canadian School (3.90/4.00 gpa) Graduate Courses (all Phd-level courses) : Mathematical Economics (84/100), Econometrics-I (94/100), Macro-theory-I (86/10), Micro-theory-I (90/100), Econometrics-II (85/100), Micro-theory-II (84/100), Advanced Research (90/100), Macro-theory-II (83/100) GRE: 168 Q 165 V 4.0 AWA ( will retake if necessary) LORS : Profs from graduate metrics class (Penn-state), graduate micro (Brown) and grad research course (Virginia)They know me well from their courses. Applying to : US TOP (25-50), Canada - Top 3 Phd and some back up ( McMaster, Mcgill, York) Research/Teaching : I have been teaching (mathematics and statistics to business students) in my home country since undergraduate.Worked on data analysis with a research institute..Was TA for Undergrad Micro and Macro at my MA institution. Concerns : There was a considerable gap between my Undergrad and MA (about 7 years).The work I did back home didn't entail much of research experience.Also, don't have perfect gpa at phd level courses. Looking for : Absolutely hardcore honest opinion where I have a chance, given the tough adcom cycles and my choppy profile and lack of research. Thanks so much to all of you:eager:
  3. I’ve taken the PhD sequence in Micro and Metrics at my unranked university and received A’s. Textbooks were Greene and Wooldridge for Metrics and MWG for Micro. As for math, I’ve taken multivariate calculus, Linear Alg I-II, Diff Eq, Probability, Math Stats, Real Analysis I-II, Set Theory, Topology, and grad lebesgue theory. (A’s in all classes). For research, I've RA'ed for a few years with two professors and did a senior thesis on an empirical topic. I'm graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics. During my pre-doc RA stint at a Fed bank, I have the opportunity to take some courses at a T40 program. If you could pick two courses from below, what would you advise? My interests are in Micro and Metrics. Grad topology Grad functional analysis Grad complex analysis Measure theoretic probability Abstract Algebra PhD Micro I (again, but this time at a better institution) Other (something else)
  4. Decision* time, between the schools in the title. Interested in applied micro broadly, with some special eye towards market design, experiments and development. I value broad strength in applied micro over strength in any particular subfield since I'm not sure what subfield I want to do. * This is not strictly the decision problem as I've been waitlisted at Booth and Yale, but factoring them in will help me decide whether to press to get off the WL.
  5. ----Edited----------------------------- Hi, people. I'm a Korean student in Top 3 university in my country. I just finished my undergrad and will now proceed to grad school of the same institution. I've noticed that in this forum, people say grades in Ph.D micro, and metric courses are strong signals in the admission process. But I wonder, are they the same thing as graduate micro, and metric classes, which are based on Mas-collel, and green textbook? The grad classes are in master programs, so I'm afraid they are not the same thing as the Ph.D micro, and metric that people here are talking about? I'm asking this because I already have A+ in grad micro and metric but I'm not sure they are the ones with strong signaling value. Thanks in advance :)
  6. I am an undergrad student in top10 planning to take a first semester course in PhD Micro. In my school, the first semester Micro covers decision theory and general equilibrium in each of the half semesters. I am worried that the majority of incoming students in my school’s PhD program already has an exposure to PhD level micro from masters degree and etc so that it might be difficult to pull an A. Furthermore, it is known that A/A- are given to roughly 25~30% of the class, which may be risky for an undergrad student taking a PhD level course in my current institution. I am also considering Grad Optimization course and more research experience instead. Given that I already have taken Analysis, Analysis on Manifold Measure and Integration, Measure Theoretic Probability, PDE, Numerical , Linear algebra, will it be worth it to take first year micro for additional signaling? Or would spending more time doing research be a better option? Is it common for students aiming top10 or 5 to have graduate courses in economics?
  7. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 2 Canadian University Undergrad GPA: 3.88/4.0 Type of Grad: Grad GPA: GRE: waiting on results, should come soon Math Courses: Calculus (A), Multivariate Calc (A-), Linear Algebra I & II (A), Differential Equations (A+), Topics in Abstract Math (B+), Probability and Statistics (A+), Real Analysis (A+), Topology (In Progress), Nonlinear Optimization (winter semester), Group theory (Winter Semester) Econ Courses: Intro Micro and Macro (A-,A), Intermediate Micro and Macro (A,A-), Game Theory (A-), Information Economics (A+), Market Design (B+), Econometrics (A+), Behavioral Econ (A), Causal Inference (A), Advanced Macro (A), Financial Econ (In Progress), PhD Micro I (In Progress), IO (winter), International Trade (winter) Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1.Prof who taught me Game theory, Information econ, and PhD Micro 2.AP who I RA'ed for, for a year 3. Professor who supervises the thesis course Research Experience: RA for a year, writing thesis, wrote a small theory paper about reputation in Information Econ class not sure if it counts Teaching Experience: N/A Research Interests: Micro theory or IO Other: Where should I be aiming for? One of my letter writers told me he's not sure if his letter would be good enough for top 10, how bad of a sign is this? Do I have a chance at top 15?
  8. First time poster, long time reader here. I am a junior and an international student at a top 15 undergrad program in the US (top 50 econ), and I started to prepare myself to apply to grad programs relatively early, and once I wanted to be competitive at the very top schools, I planned to have taken multiple Grad level courses by the time I apply in my senior year. Well, I had my final exam for Grad Micro I today and I ended up making a series of errors due to lack of sleep and not knowing when to take the hit and move on to the next question (no excuses, I could have prepared earlier/better, my fault) that dropped my course grade from 97% to 92% (A-) So, from what I have read here, an A- in Grad Micro I is not the end of the world (even though I am feeling like it is today), but it does not help me either. First, how affected were my chances at a Top 5 program? Is an A- something I need to make up for, or is it something that will simply not stand out and I need to work on other things? Also, I am still a junior, so I have 1 year until I apply. I was planning to take 5/6 math courses next Spring, and then take Grad Metrics/Macro + Senior thesis during the Fall of my senior year, but now I might consider taking Micro Theory II next Spring to make up for the A-. Any ideas on that? I will leave my standard profile below. Any thoughts/advice you can give me will be appreciated. PROFILE Type of Undergrad: US News Top 15 - Math and Econ Major Undergrad GPA: 3.93 GRE: N/A Math Courses: Calculus (I,II,III), Linear Algebra, ODE, Intro to Math Reasoning (A-), Scientific Computing, Real Analysis, Operations Research, Intro to Probability. All A unless indicated otherwise I was planning to take next semester: Numerical Analysis, Complex Variables, Math Methods in Fin Econ, Topology, Stochastic Modeling, Algebra (can cut one or two if useless) Econ Courses: Intro to Micro/Macro, Intermediate Micro/Macro, Stats for Econ, Metrics, Monetary Theory, PhD Micro Theory I (A-) All A unless indicated otherwise Letters of Recommendation: Still a little bit unclear, but I am currently doing separate research for 2 Full-time Professors both for 1 year. Started talking about a senior thesis with another professor recently. Research Experience: RA for the above professors for 2 semesters and 2 summers. Teaching Experience: Math Grader if it counts
  9. This program was launched in 2017 and seems to be aimed at the same group of people who might be interested in Ag. econ/dev/applied micro programs. Without job placements I can't tell what tier of program this should be considered as. Any thoughts?
  10. Hey fam, I'm starting to get a little anxious as I finish up and submit my applications. I'd love some input on my application and any other advice you have. Thanks! Micro OB/Management PhD applicant Test Scores (GMAT) 720/800 (94%), V: 41/51 (94%), Q: 47/51 (60%), AW: 5 (56%), IR: 7 (81%) Undergrad GPA: 3.84/4.00 overall, BS in Psych from a solid private school Graduate GPA: none Research Experience: 2 years, part-time with 3 faculty, econ, OB and Psych. Worked 0-20 hr./week depending on need. Also did several research projects in my research based classes (research design, psych testing, stats in psych, writing in psych, etc.), Research tools: R, Stata, Qualtrics. Teaching Experience: 1 semester as a TA for psych. Work Experience: 1 year in HR consulting/training as a project manager. Letters of Rec: OB professor I did research with, Psych professor I did research with, Psych professor I had 3 classes with and is a mentor/friend. Concentration Applying to: Micro OB, interested in Business/Behavioral Ethics, Meaning at Work, Positive Org Scholarship, Moral Psych. Number of programs planned to apply to: I've applied to 9 as of now, may apply to a few more. Dream Schools: Harvard, Michigan, Washington Other Questions: What made you want to pursue a PhD? - I thought the career would be intellectually stimulating, flexible, and challenging. I thought research could make an impact and that teaching/mentoring would be meaningful as well. Questions or concerns you have about your profile? - Concern is my Quant score. It's a solid score, but not too high on percentile. Not sure how much micro OB programs are sticklers on this one? Also, I'm applying straight out of undergrad without a masters, I've heard this isn't too big of a deal as long as you are prepared but wanted more input on that. Any additional specific questions you may have: - I'm applying to a mix of top 10, top 20 and top 40 schools (based on TAMUGA rankings). Right now I've applied to 9. Should I apply to more? Is my application strong enough for a top 10 school?
  11. Hi all, I'm a senior looking to apply to PhD programs this year and am hoping to get a profile evaluation and possibly hear some advice on how to approach the next couple months. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: B.A. Economics at a private U.S. News Top 25 university Cumulative GPA: 3.85+ GRE: 169 Q / 165 V / 5.0 W Math Courses: Calc III (A-), Linear Algebra (A), Intro to Proofs (A), Ordinary Differential Equations (A), Probability and Statistics (A), Real Analysis (IP, but midterms were rough and I'm expecting a B+, hoping for an A- but it seems unlikely) Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro (B+), Intermediate Macro (A), Stats for Econ (A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Monetary Theory (A), Fiscal Policy (B, this was a study abroad class taught in a foreign language, and was not particularly quantitative, but I'm not sure how to indicate that the poor grade does not reflect my abilities the same way my other courses do?), International Macro (IP, expecting an A), PhD Micro I (IP, expecting an A), Thesis Seminar (IP, expecting an A). Letters of Recommendation: 1) Professor whose intermediate-level course I took and worked for briefly. 2) Professor whose upper-level elective course I took last year. 3) Thesis advisor I have fairly good relationships with each of these professors and am expecting their letters to be pretty strong. Research Experience: Worked for about 2-3 months as an RA for a professor before everything got shut down due to the pandemic Completed a summer research internship with a central bank in a developing country Senior honors thesis Teaching Experience: Have worked two semesters a grading assistant for econometrics, if that counts Research Interests: Labor economics, behavioral economics, political economy Programming Skills: Latex, Stata I haven't done a ton with the SOP yet, but will start working more on that this week. My biggest concern at the moment is how a B+ in real analysis will look on my transcript. I feel like I have a good understanding of most of the material that just isn't translating to doing well on the exams and am a bit frustrated with this. I'm also wondering how much an A in PhD Micro might potentially make up for this grade (as well as the grade from intermediate micro)? The other concern I have grade-wise is a B in my study abroad class, which was intended for native-speakers of a language that I am decent (but not fluent) in. The content was not super rigorous mathematically (my only grade was from a paper written in said foreign language, no tests or anything) and thus not reflective of my abilities, but I don't want to waste space in my SOP on something so trivial, so is there any other way for me to provide this context in my applications? I just want to make sure it isn't viewed equivalently to my other courses, since it definitely is not. Any advice would greatly be appreciated. I'm tentatively shooting for top 30 programs. Is this safe, and is top 20 even possible? I have gotten mixed feedback from my professors about how high I should be aiming. I've been told that top 20 is definitely possible, but I'm having trouble believing that, especially if I get that B+ in real analysis. Given my research interests, are there any particular schools you would recommend? Thank you! :) If you need any more info just ask and I'll be happy to reply.
  12. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 30 US News Cumulative GPA: 3.45/4 GRE: 160Q/160V/5AWA. My power went out during the at-home exam which definitely dipped my Q score. I will retake at end of october, should easily get 165+ Q. Math Courses: Calculus I (3.5), Calculus II (4.0), Multivariable Calculus (4.0), Intro to Proofs (4.0), Real Analysis (4.0), Linear Algebra (Spring 2021), Abstract Algebra (Spring 2021), PhD-level Statistics/Econometrics (4.0) Econ Courses: Intro Micro (4.0), Intro Macro (4.0), Intermediate Micro (3.5), Intermediate Macro (3.0), Advanced Micro (Game Theory, 4.0), Economics of Sports (4.0), International Trade (4.0), Economic Analysis of Asia (4.0), Labor Economics (4.0), Introductory Econometrics (4.0), Advanced Econometrics (4.0), Research Seminar (4.0) Letters of Recommendation: 1) Professor from research writing course. RA'd for him and received highest score on final paper in the class. Letter will be strong. Graduated from a top 10. 2) Professor from advanced metrics course. Graduated from top 5. Will be a strong letter based on our interactions. 3) Intro metrics professor. Graduated from T15 and also my #1 choice, coincidentally. Should be a good letter, but perhaps not as strong as the other two. Research Experience: Four months with research seminar prof. Was supposed to continue throughout this school year but had funding issue due to covid :( Teaching Experience: TA Introductory Macro (Fall 2020), TA Introductory Micro (Spring 2021), Tutor for Intro Micro, Intro Metrics Programming skills: Stata Other: Some things to consider: a) Will the timing of the linear algebra course impact admissions? Since I will be taking it the semester admission decisions are made and it is a key course. I've already taught myself most of the class since it was used in the PhD stats/metrics course. b) I struggled substantially my freshman year - was put on academic probation. I have some very bad grades on my transcript (hence the low CGPA) from early on, such as a 0 in an unrelated course, a 2.5 in Business Calc, and a 2.5 in Business stats. Will this hold me back? Thank you!
  13. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 2 Canadian University Undergrad GPA: 3.9/4.0 Type of Grad: Grad GPA: GRE: Will take at the end of October Math Courses: Calculus (A), Multivariate Calc (A-), Linear Algebra I & II (A), Differential Equations (A+), Topics in Abstract Math (B+), Probability and Statistics (A+), Real Analysis (A+), Topology (In Progress), Nonlinear Optimization (winter semester), Group theory (Winter Semester) Econ Courses: Intro Micro and Macro (A-,A), Intermediate Micro and Macro (A,A-), Game Theory (A-), Information Economics (A+), Market Design (B+), Econometrics (A+), Behavioral Econ (A), Causal Inference (A), Advanced Macro (A), Financial Econ (In Progress), PhD Micro I (In Progress), IO (winter), Financial Econ 2 (winter) Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1.Prof who taught me Game theory, Information econ, and PhD Micro 2.AP who I RA'ed for, for a year 3. I was hoping to ask whoever supervised my thesis but we haven't gotten to that part of the thesis course yet, so I may just ask the professor who is teaching the thesis course Research Experience: RA for a year, writing thesis, wrote a small theory paper about reputation in Information Econ class not sure if it counts Teaching Experience: N/A Research Interests: Micro theory or IO SOP: Writing it now Other: Where should I be aiming for?
  14. Profile Evaluation 2021 Fall PhD applications PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 30 US News Undergrad GPA: 3.45 Type of Grad: Grad GPA: GRE: 160/160/5, my power went out during at home exam and lost a lot of time. Retaking at end of October, should easily get 165+Q Math Courses: Calculus I (3.5), Calculus 2 (4.0), Multivariate Calculus (4.0), Intro Proofs (4.0), Analysis I (4.0), Linear Algebra (next semester), Abstract Algebra (next semester), PhD Statistics/Econometrics (4.0) Econ Courses: Intro Micro (4.0), Intro Macro (4.0), Intermediate Micro (3.5), Intermediate Macro (3.0), Advanced Micro (Game Theory, 4.0), International Trade (4.0), Economic Analysis of Asia (4.0), Labor economics (4.0), Economics of Sports (4.0), Research Paper writing course (4.0), Intro Econometrics (4.0), Advanced Econometrics (4.0) Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 1) Professor from research writing course. Decent publications record, has one in R&R with AER. Graduated from T10. I received the highest score in the class, and also worked for him as RA this past summer. Was supposed to continue throughout the entire year but had funding issues due to Covid :( Said he would write a very strong letter. 2) Prof from advanced econometrics course. Very good relationship with him, should be a strong letter. Graduated from top 5. Really good reputation and publication record. Unfortunately wasn’t able to work with him on any research 3) Professor from introductory econometrics. Him and I get along quite well. Graduated from T15 (and my #1 school coincidentally). I think it will be a good letter, perhaps not as strong as the other two. Research Experience: 4 months doing coding work in Stata for research Professor. Didnt do any formal writing but did write up reports for my Professor and his coauthors. Teaching Experience: TA Introductory Macro (Fall 2020), TA Introductory Micro (Spring 2021), Tutoring Intro Micro and Metrics Research Interests: Labor, education, health, econometrics SOP: Decent, but nothing earth-shattering Other: I did really poorly in school before switching to Econ, particularly in my first year (was put on academic probation). I have a 0.0 on my transcript in an unrelated course from freshman year, as well as bad grades in Calculus for Business (2.5) and Statistics for Business (2.5). How much will this weigh into decisions, besides slogging my CGPA? Where should I be aiming for?
  15. Hi! I am looking for profile evaluation and some advices on LORs. Thank you so much! Type of Undergrad: B.S. (Honors) Mathematics and Economics from the top 15 in US Undergrad GPA: 4.0 (My school doesn't have A+) Type of Grad : N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: Q170 ,V157, AWA4.0 Math Courses Undergrad: Linear Algebra (A), Calculus I-III (A), Analysis I-II (A), Abstract Algebra I-II (A), Logic (A), Linear Optimization (A), Topology (A), Complex Analysis (A) Math Courses Grad: Differentiable Manifolds (A), ODE (A), Two semesters of Ph.D. analysis sequence (both A), Measure-theoretic probability (A), Stochastic analysis (IP), Modern discrete probability (IP) Econ Courses Undergrad: Intro to micro and macro (A), Intermediate micro (A), Intermediate macro (A), Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), IO (A), Growth theory (A), Independent research (A), Honors thesis (IP) Econ Courses Grad : Two semesters of Ph.D. micro sequence (both A), First semester of Ph.D. macro sequence (IP), Advanced micro theory (IP) Other courses: Two programming classes in Java and Matlab Letters of Recommendation: Math Professor whom I did research with (Very strong - the best student he has ever had for 20 years) Assistant Professor from intermediate macro and growth theory classes (Strong) Well-known professor in micro sequence whom I did research with over the past summer (Strong) Well-known professor in micro sequence and advanced micro who is my thesis advisor now (Strong/Weak: Depending on my thesis) Research Experience: Two years of math research in dynamical systems with the first LOR writer (1 working paper & 1 in-progress) Math REU at U.Chicago over the past summer about optimal stopping time One semester of independent research class on matching theory Research on games in contracts with the third LOR writer over the past summer Honors thesis with the fourth LOR writer (I started it pretty lately) Teaching Experience: TA for analysis, combinatorics, and stochastic process classes Research Interests: Microeconomic theory (Game Theory, Information economics) Other information: IMO silver medalist for three years and Putnam top 50 for three years. Concerns: Lack of publication (only have working paper and work in progress) The most thing I'm concerned about is my fourth LOR writer. I feel like he does not know me much even though I got a very good score in his Ph.D. micro class and went to office hours talking about his paper for several times. So I decide to do an undergrad thesis with him to show my potential. It ends up that he does not have much time to talk with me. When I asked him about the LOR, he told me that "he is going to write only what he knows about me." I feel like this is a really bad sign if my thesis doesn't turn out to be great. I am thinking that I will not send my fourth LOR, but is it a bad signal if I do not send the LOR from my thesis advisor? I guess what I can do right now is to work hard on my thesis. What programs I should aim for? Am I competitive for top 10 or top 20 programs? Thanks for your advices in advance! P.S: Since I am not a native speaker, sorry for my bad english.
  16. I'm currently taking first year PhD courses at a T30 program as an undergrad; with that said, the grade distribution of PhD Micro 1 is very rough. In my department 15% or less get 4.0's(A) while the majority get 3.0's(B). Do schools take this kind of grade distribution into consideration?
  17. Hi. Type of Undergrad: BS Econ from Unknown school in LAC Undergrad GPA: 3.3+ Type of Grad: Msc in applied economics, same university Grad GPA: 3.8 GRE: 166Q-152V-3.5 AWA Math Courses: Calculus I (A) Calculus II (B) , Linear Algebra ©, Differential Equations A), math (grad level) (A), mathematical statistics (grad level) (A) Econ Courses (grad-level): two courses of Empirical IO (A+), Advanced Econometrics (A+), micro I (A), micro II (A), macro (A) ECON Courses Undergrad: Micro I (A), Micro II (B) Macro I (B), Macro II (A), Macro III (A), Econometrics I (A), Econometrics II (B), Macroeconometrics (A) Other Courses: Rice Phd Math camp Letters of Recommendation: 1) Head of my country central bank and ex professor (Phd in economics from Yale) 2) associate professor at Oberta University in Spain and ex professor (Phd in Economics Universidad de Barcelona); 3) researcher at IMF and ex professor (Phd in economics UWM) Research Experience: RA for associate professor in my university (2 years). My bachelor thesis was published in Empirical Economics, and my master thesis was submitted to a top macro journal. Teaching Experience: 2 years teaching macro and fundamental economics for engineers. Research Interests: International economics and IO Applying to: Not sure yet. Thanks
  18. Hi! I'm about to be finishing my sophomore year at a Private T-10 US University. I'm currently double majoring in Economics and Statistics with a minor in Political Science. I've had a passion for economics and economic research since high school. I find myself constantly reading papers on SSRN/NBER, communicating about economic issues, and engaging in lively debate with my professors. I'm interested in doing a PhD not for anything related to prestige or possible salary but rather that I think I've got a passion for teaching and would really love to contribute research to the field. That being said, I've been really interested in getting a PhD since I entered college and after my academic performance I've become really discouraged. I've found that I've had a hard time excelling academically in school - its not necessarily a lack of effort but I think that I took too many classes a little too early (have "overloaded" every semester) and having had no experience whatsoever with higher level math or computer science coming out of my high school I've faced a pretty steep learning curve. That being said, I would like some realistic advice about what my chances for grad school are as well as wether its worth it to pursue a PhD given my struggles (i.e. will math kill me). Side note: I have some very good opportunities in finance as well for my junior summer and I'm thinking about foregoing possible full time offers to pursue a research assistantship or graduate school. Here's my stats: Type of Undergrad: T-10 w/ top 5 Econ Dept B.S. Economics, B.S. Statistics Undergrad GPA: 3.7 Currently Math Courses: Multivariable Calculus (B+), Linear Algebra (A), Probability (B), Regression (A), will be taking Bayseian Statistics as well as Diff EQ/Analysis later (4.0 in all electives) Econ Courses: Intro Micro (B - no excuses, but got very sick the week of the final with an A leading up to it), Intermediate Micro (B - again, had an A until the final. Tough luck), Metrics (A), will be taking Intermediate Macro this coming fall (4.0 in all electives) Other Courses: Various CS/Polisci/etc. Letters of Recommendation: Have made some connections with professors in my department, including the chair and my metrics professor and have been making an effort to strengthen these. Research Experience: public policy research freshman summer, Work in an Applied Micro lab currently using R/Python and running analysis Teaching Experience: TA for computer Science Class, Teach a basics of investing class Research Interests: Behavioral Economics, Applied Micro Other: Internship at a Fortune 25 Company in Analytics, lot of professional experience related to finance, politics (interned at a think tank), and data science Any advice at all would be appreciated. Thank you!
  19. Just got my fall quarter grades. I got an A in phd metrics and A- in phd micro. Wondering if I should report fall quarter grades, since it is optional. More context, I got straight As in math (including analysis), strong letters and one ongoing paper which my recommender will write in his letter saying it is publishable. Assuming all other factors being reasonably ok, is reporting an A- in micro is going to hurt my chance at top10. Thanks!
  20. Type of Undergrad: BS in Math, BA in Economics from T50 state school (colorado) GPA: 3.99 GRE: 170Q/164V/6AW Math Courses: Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis (2 semesters), Topology, Differential Equations, Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Abstract Algebra, Advanced Linear Algebra (all As) UG Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, Econometrics, Forecasting, International Trade, Game Theory, Industrial Organization (all As) Grad Econ Courses: Math for Econ (A-), Micro I (A), Econometrics I (A), Macro I (A) Letters of Recommendation: 1) Micro 1 teacher and research thesis advisor, 2) professor I research under, I did well in his advanced class, 3) tbd, but a teacher I have taken a more advanced class from Research Experience: Will have had 2.5 years of RAing under two professors + undergraduate thesis when all is done. Would appreciate advice on where you think I ought to aim my apps.
  21. Hi, I am a Canadian undergrad at one of the top 2 Canadian universities and I am just looking for advice on whether a Canadian MA is needed if my goal is to get into a top 15 US PhD program. It seems like a common route but is it feasible to get into a top 15 straight out of undergrad? Here is my profile so far (just finished first semester of junior year) Type of Undergrad: Top 2 Canadian Undergrad GPA: 3.87/4.00 Math Courses: Calculus (A), Multivariable Calc (A-), Computational Linear Algebra (A), Proof-based Linear Algebra (A), Real Analysis (A+), Mathematical Probability/Statistics (A+), Number Theory (B+), Taking in the future: Nonlinear optimization, complex analysis, ODE, and then maybe an independent study course in functional analysis since I'm interested or if not abstract algebra. Econ Courses: Principles Micro (A-), Principles Macro (A), Intermediate Macro (A-), Intermediate Micro (A), Game Theory (mark pending), Behavioural Economics (A-), Econometrics I (A), Taking in the future: Advanced Macro, Information Economics, Market Design, IO, Econometrics II, maybe Grad Micro I, Financial Econ Research Experience: Currently RA for a professor, will write honours thesis in 4th year Research Interests: Have not decided yet, micro of any sort is something I can see myself doing Apart from doing well in future courses what can I do to improve my chances?
  22. Hi I am an undergraduate senior. Because I decided to apply for a PhD not long ago, I wonder what I should be doing now to improve my chance of going to a solid program. I don't think I am well prepared given my profile. Type of undegrad: formerly US news Top 20, later transferred to US news Top 10 (Econ dept ranked top 20) GPA: 4.0 at previous college, 3.925 in the current college (2 A-s) Math: Calc I and Calc II (A), Linear Algebra (A-), Multicalc (A+), Real Analysis (this coming fall), Probability and Stats (at previous college, A), Probability in current college (Currently taking, didn't do well, expecting a B+ or A-). (Meanwhile, I am planning to take Math stats and dynamic programming in my last semester) Econ: Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (A), Metrics (A), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Micro II (Math based, A), Intermediate Macro (A), graduate policy analysis course (A), graduate special topic research capstone course (A). (Will take graduate metrics, micro and time series this fall.) Research experience: produced a paper in the research capstone course, attended a few conferences. Just started working as a RA this summer and probably would extend this job to the end of next semester. Will right an honor thesis this senior fall. So in general I feel like I didn't prepare myself well for applying to PhD yet. I wonder if working one or two years as an RA would give me enough time to take important math and stats class and enrich my background. Or should I go for a master? Thank you!
  23. Hey all, I am an RA at a top university and have the chance to take graduate coursework this coming fall. As a prospective economics graduate student, I am torn between taking the first semester Real Analysis course (measure and integration) with the Math Ph.D students vis-a-vis taking Micro 1 (Chapters 1-6 MWG). On one hand, the micro course is probably a direct signal of ability to perform well in graduate coursework, and for most people it would be an obvious choice. However, I feel measure theory- pervasive as it is in so many areas of thought including mathematics, statistics, econometrics and the economics of information- feels fundamentally more important to know and understand. Have any of you taken both courses? Which one felt more challenging and demanding? Which one did you personally feel like you learnt more from? I am currently working through Rudin's book Real and Complex Analysis. My progress is very slow, since I do problems by myself (hardly an advisable strategy if you want to make rapid progress in learning the material; I suspect peer effects are very prominent in courses like these) and I do not spend much time on it given my other commitments as an RA. I have virtually no experience with MWG and have only done baby Varian many years ago. People also tell me that I need to be in the top 5% of my class to get the highest grade in Micro which seems unfeasible as many graduate students (almost all international students) have seen the material before in masters programs, so then I would come in with a disadvantage relative to them. I do not know how the grading works in the Math department. Given all of this, do you have any advice?
  24. I'm an undergraduate who will be taking the PhD micro sequence at my school (top-30 US econ) beginning in the fall. My school uses MWG; I've purchased the book, as well as used copies of Sundaram and Simon and Blume for reference. Any advice you would have as I go through these difficult classes? For reference, some relevant classes I've taken include Intermediate Micro, Calculus I-III, Linear Algebra (Proof-based), Mathematical Probability Theory, Mathematical Statistics, Analysis I, and Topology (all As).
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