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  1. Hi everyone! I'm currently in the process of preparing my applications for Econ Ph.D. programs to start in the fall of 2022. However, I don't know if my profile is strong enough to get into a good program (T50 is my target). So here it goes! Please let me know if you believe this will be enough or if I'm most likely doomed to fail. Bachelor's degree in economics with minor in public policy. I hold a master's degree in economics. BA GPA: 4.26/5 MA GPA: 4.5/5 I did generally well in my math courses, but I slipped during my first semester and that worries me. Will that cost me the chance of getting into a Ph.D.? Differential calculus (first time): 2/5 Differential calculus (second time): 4.24/5 Integral calculus: 4.2/5 Calculus 3: 4.4/5 Probability and statistics: 4.3/5 Math for economists: 4.1/5 Real analysis: currently taking this class My thesis got a 5/5 grade and is now published as a working paper. My second publication is a book chapter (co-authored along with three other people) published by a university. I have done mostly RA work. Two years in an economics consulting firm and 1 year in an economics think tank (currently working here). I believe my LORs are pretty strong: my thesis advisor, one of my MA thesis referees, and one of my former bosses. All three hold PhDs in economics from good universities and are known in their fields of work. Since I'm from a non-English speaking country I took the Toefl test and got 120/120. GRE: in September All feedback and comments are more than welcome. .
  2. I am an undergraduate aiming at top econ master programmes in 2019 and applying for PhD in econ or finance in 2020. I am now struggling between whether to write a thesis or take more math courses next year. My background: - Math/Econ courses completed/Under consideration Cal 1-3, Linear Algebra, ODE, Probability, Econometrics, Grad Econometrics, Stochastic Process, Numerical Analysis, Grad Computational Econ (something like numerical methods with econ application), Intro math analysis, Math Econ (proof-based course with econ application), PDE (All A/A- from a University in East Asia) - In fact, other than the thesis, I have to write a 13-20 pages paper (excluding graphs) next year. I do not count this as a formal thesis as it is only 2 credits, and a professor is guiding ~10 students as the same time. But I should be able to get a letter from this semi-thesis stuff. - Research Experience: Not at all now. Probably will RA for a professor this summer. If I have to write the thesis, then I have to give up one course above, probably PDE. Does anyone here have some advice for me??
  3. Masters/ PhD Application (Planning to apply Fall 2021) Background: I was originally a double major in business and biology with the intention to go to med school, and I was not overly motivated my first two years. I got quite a few B's and one C, and this is the main reason my GPA is not where it should be. The courses listed below were mainly taken over my last two years, where my GPA averaged > 3.9. GRE: Yet to Take (Averaging 170 on Quant section) Undergrad: University of Michigan '21, BA Economics with Highest Honors - 3.6/4 Courses & Grades: Econ: Intro Micro (A-), Intro Macro (A+), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A+), International Economics (A+), International Finance I (A), International Finance II (A-), Labor Econ Survey Course (P for pass), Intermediate Econometrics I (B+), Intermediate Econometrics II (A+), International Trade Theory (A), Experimental Econ (A), Game Theory Seminar (A) Math: Calculus 2 (A-), Calculus 3 (A), Linear Algebra (B+), Probability Theory (A), Differential Equations (A) Research Experience: RA'd for Michigan professor, expecting strong LOR from him. Wrote a research paper on the East Asis Crisis which was published in the Michigan Undergraduate Research Journal Wrote a senior thesis on theoretical micro theory/game theory under a prominent game theorist at Michigan. LOR's: Thesis advisor, a prominent game theorist at Michigan. Expecting a really strong letter (he said my thesis is among the best pieces of undergraduate research he has ever seen in his career). He also mentioned he would absolutely recommend me to the top economics PhD programs. Professor that I RA'd for - also expecting strong letter, however we do not have as much of a relationship as I do with my thesis advisor Work Experience: I will be spending one year working as an equity analyst at JP Morgan starting July. Planning on going to graduate school after one year. Concerns: Not enough math classes (the B+ in linear algebra was a fluke - I packed calc 3 and linear algebra into a spring term, which is twice as fast). Also, I have not taken Real Analysis. However, my thesis is quite mathematical so I hope this signals some mathematic competence. Awards: Received award for best undergraduate Economics paper at Michigan in fall '20. Also expecting a prestigious award for my honors thesis. Plans: I want to apply this fall for a graduate program, and preferably I would go straight to a good PhD program. However, my thesis advisor also suggested doing a masters abroad (Bocconi, LSE, some Israeli universities like TAU or Hebrew University which have strong programs) to make up for my deficiencies. He has connections to the top Israeli programs and said he would love to recommend me to their programs. How would my profile fare in PhD applications, and how would it fare in Master's program applications (specifically abroad)?
  4. Hi you all! I'm applying this cycle and have a couple of questions regarding the writing sample: 1) Is it frowned upon to send a co-authored writing sample? I wrote an M.A. thesis that later developed into a joint paper with my former advisor. I could send the "thesis version" which is entirely written by me, but it's notoriously less polished and has just the main results so in terms of quality it would be clearly better to send the working paper version (though I should say we haven't released it publicly yet, as it still needs more work). Among the ~15 programs I'm applying to, only one states explicitly that the WS should be solo-authored. 2) Should I send the WS to programs in which it is optional to do so? Specially if it's better not to send the coauthored version, I'm not particularly proud of my thesis to be honest. It's a reasonably well written piece but the results are not really groundbreaking whatsoever (it's a theory paper btw). If it helps, I have a strong profile and should be aiming at the top 10 with a reasonable chance at the top 5 (on a regular year, at least, no idea how things will work out with covid and all). Thanks in advance!
  5. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 5 UK university in Economics, BSc Mathematics & Economics (joint degree) Type of Grad: Top University in the Netherlands, MSc Economics (specialization: Behavioral Economics) GPA(undergrad): 2:1 (UK system, second best grade - so equivalent of B?) GPA(grad): 8.5/10 (distinction) GRE: 170 Q/162 V/4.0AWA Math Courses(undergrad): Linear Algebra, Geometry, Analysis, Foundations, Differential Equations, Geometry and Motion, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, Probability A, Probability B, Metric Spaces, Differentiation, Combinatorics, Advanced Linear Algebra, Number Theory, Statistics Math Courses(grad): Game Theory(9/10), Cooperative Game Theory(A) Econ Courses(undergrad): Economics (x2), Mathematical Economics (x4), Industrial Economics x2, Behavioral Economics, Research in Applied Economics Econ Courses(grad): Applied Economic Analysis (x2, 8/10), Experiments and Surveys (8.5/10), Econometrics (8.5/10), Analytics for Business and Governance (9/10), Economics and Psychology of Risk and Time (8.5/10), Economics and Psychology of Social Norms and Strategic Behavior (8/10), Financial Economics (6.5/10), Innovations and Networks (9/10) Letters of Recommendation: 1) Professor in econ department, MSc thesis supervisor. (Strong) 2) Professor in econ department, BSc thesis supervisor. (Strong) Research Experience: Lacking (apart from two thesis and some small group projects at grad; MSc thesis involved a large field experiment) Program skills: R, Stata, Matlab, Python, SQL Research Interests: Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics Self-assessment: Due to not having much research experience, I do not know if I stand any chance in applying for MRes/PhD. If not, I am considering applying for TA but not sure if that will work out in the current corona situation. I am still thinking where to aim in terms of the league tables. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Incoming PhD applicant here. I would like to ask how would an average undergrad thesis grade affect PhD application? Some additional info/question: I did a masters and scored the highest marks for my master thesis. I believe that the grader gave me an average grade out of spite, and eventually my paper was published in a top non-economics outlet (without my name, even though it is my idea/codes). Should I include this in the SOP?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. Hello guys, I'm from WFU and want to applay for PhD candidate program for 2021 fall. Degree: BS in Math and BA in Economics Current GPA: 3.90 GRE: Q169+V155 Math Course: Multivariable, Liner Algebra, ODE, PDE, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Stochastic Calculus, Discrete Dynamic System. All of them are A, and currently taking grad level measure theory. Econ course: I heard Ugrad econ course doesn't matter. But all of them are A LOR: I've not started to talk with them. But probably one from my econ thesis advisor (strong?), another strong or very strong from my math thesis advisor. And I think I can definitely find a strong professor who has taught me before. Research Experience: Not any at now. But I'm working on two thesis (one math and one econ) this semester, hope can add at least something to my PS and CV TA experience: math tutor I want to focus on Micro for my PhD program. I have some thoughts on schools like UCSD, UMich, UWisconsin-Maddison, UPenn. I'm even considering MIT and Stanford, although I know the odd is low. Do I have to take another GRE test to get over 330? Any thought or advice on this? Thanks!
  10. Test Scores: (GRE): 169 V (99%), 166 Q (87%), 4.5 AWA Undegrad GPA: 3.66 Graduate GPA: NA (B in random but hard Math Stats course) Research Experience: Undergraduate Honors Thesis with Full Professor (received high marks; did not publish) Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant for OM course for 2 semesters Work Experience: 3 years working as a data science consultant for relatively prestigious firm. I have also served as researcher at my company through our research arm. Concentration Applying to: Operations Management Number of programs planned to apply to: 13 Dream Schools: Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke Other Questions: How important are academic LOR versus industry? I currently have one LOR from the professor I did my undergrad honors thesis with that I anticipate being solid Other two LOR will be from higher-ups at my firm (one is a research scientist, the other a director) [*]Is it even worth applying to the "elite" (Wharton, Kellogg, etc.) schools? What made you want to pursue a PhD? I have been interested in academia since graduating from undergrad. I enjoyed writing my thesis and working as a teaching assistant. I currently have a good job as a data scientist, but would love to be more a researcher/inventor. The academic lifestyle appeals to me as well (intellectual peers, college towns, conferences, etc.) I also have a very specific set of research goals/ideas that would be hard to accomplish in a non-academic environment. Questions or concerns you have about your profile? #1 concern is that my background isn't pure math or engineering but rather Business at major state university ​I have not taken Real Analysis, but have taken Calculus, Linear Algebra and several STAT/OR courses [*]#2 concern is my Q GRE (166) score, while good, is slightly below the averages I keep seeing (167/168) [*]#3 concern is that only one of my LOR is from an academic source (albeit a good one)
  11. Hi, I am considering applying for PhD in OB for Fall 2021. I am looking for advice on whether my profile needs some work and which schools might be feasible options. Test Scores (GRE): verbal 165 (96%); quant 169 (96%) writing:4.5 Undegrad GPA: 3.85 Graduate GPA: 3.97 Research Experience: 1. MA thesis on social networks during org changes 2. Pre-doc at a Top 10 business school researching on corporate culture using statistical and machine learning methods Teaching Experience: NA Work Experience: 3 years at a global financial technology firm as a strategy analyst Concentration Applying to: Organizational Behavior (MACRO) Number of programs planned to apply to: 9-12 Dream Schools: MIT, HBS, INSEAD, Kellogg Questions: What made you want to pursue a PhD? Would like to continue exploring the questions regarding networks and uncertainties inside corporations using innovative methods. Questions or concerns you have about your profile? 1. My MA thesis used qualitative method (interview+survey), would it be ok to use it as my writing sample? I have background in economics and big data analysis. Just wasn't sure if the committee may view the writing sample as ill-fit for the types of research I plan to do there (mixed-method). 2. How to differentiate myself with my training in qualitative methods from the applicant pool with most people with strong quant background?
  12. Type of Undergrad: Top 20 US News econ private university, majors in econ and philosophy Undergrad GPA: 3.76 Type of Grad: None Grad GPA: None GRE: 168V, 170Q, 4W Math Courses: Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra (A), Probability (A), Real Analysis (A) Econ Courses (grad-level): None Econ Courses (undergrad-level): Micro I (A-), Micro II (A+), Macro (A-), Econometrics (A) Other Courses: Letters of Recommendation: 2 econ profs (thesis advisor + thesis workshop prof) 1 philosophy prof Research Experience: 1 year at econ consulting firm, honors thesis Teaching Experience: None Research Interests: IO, Macro SOP: In progress Concerns: 1) Should I take differential equations? Would the marginal benefit be worth taking it (would have to do it online)? 2) Should I switch the last phil prof rec to someone who worked at the econ consulting firm to discuss my research abilities? 3) Applying to RA-ships right now: is it worth doing two years of RA to add to my profile? I want to do a one year RA to experience doing research in an academic environment, not just in industry. Would a rec letter from an RA-ship be worth waiting a year? Other: Working at a random analyst job in business right now Applying to: all programs from top 6 - 20, and a few in the top 5 just to have the peace of mind. I know I have somewhat of a strange background and would love any and all perspectives on whether this is a reasonable goal. Thanks so much!
  13. Hello everyone, Finally made an account for my own profile evaluation! Please share what you think, thanks. Type of Undergrad: Top 20 Econ School (US), BS in Economics w/ an additional major in Math; Graduated two years ago; After Undergrad, I worked as a pre-doctoral RA at a Top 10 Econ School. Undergrad GPA: 3.58 (University Honors), Economics Major GPA: 3.7, Math Major GPA: 3.7 (retook two math courses though, more explanations below) Econ Courses: Introduction to Econ (B), Intermediate Micro (A), Intermediate Macro (A), Econometrics I-II (B,B), Honors Thesis (A,A), a few elective courses (A's and B's); Took while working as a pre-doctoral RA: Phd Micro (A), Phd Macro (A), Phd Metrics (A) Math Courses: Calc I-Ill (A,A,A), Multivariate Calc/Analysis (A), Introduction to Proof ©, Matrix Theory/Algebra (C, and B after a retake), Discrete Math (B), Differentials Equation (B), Math Probability (A), Algebraic Structures (A), Real Analysis I (C, and A after retake), Real Analysis II (A), Grad-level Real Analysis (A), Grad-level Introduction to Lebesgue Integration/Measure Theory (A), Grad-level Topology (A), Linear Algebra (A), Research in Math (A) Other Courses: Courses from Statistics departments- Introduction to Probability Theory (B), Statistical Inference (A), Stochastic Processes (A) Concerns about grades: In addition to my average GPA, I have two Ws on not so relevant courses and an F on an irrelevant gen-ed course. In addition to a personal issue, I suffered from depression, which I did not know it was depression until very late in my college career. But I've tried my best to overcome it and got straight As during my last year when my academic life was the most rigorous. Research Experience: 1-year RA for my senior thesis advisor, 1-year RA for another econ professor, 1 short task for a professor, Summer Research Internship at a top school, Summer research funding for my senior thesis, Award-winning honors thesis, 2- year pre-doctoral RA at a Top 10 econ school and co-authored paper (not yet published) with the professors there. Publication: Published my senior thesis at a decent journal (the process was longer than I thought, but was able to with the guidance of my undergrad professors) Letter of Recommendation: Senior thesis advisor, Professors I've worked with as a pre-doctoral RA, potentially the professor from summer internship. They all said the letters should be very strong. Other/Concerns: - Main concerns are those about grades (as mentioned above), will try to explain in my SOP. I've gone through some struggles, but I did my best to overcome them and pursue my passion. I would like to aim as high as possible. Is there a chance that I could get admitted to a Top 10 school? Any ideas and thoughts will be great! Thanks.
  14. Hello everyone, I currently am planning to apply to pre-doctoral fellowships and RA'ships at the Fed to improve my application. However, I have been thinking lately that it may make sense to apply now since if I got into a good program I would rather start my PhD in this cycle. I am curious of what range of schools I would get into now. Thanks! PROFILE: Type of Undergrad: Top 50 US News Economics and Top 25 US News Math Majors: Economics (BA), Mathematics (BA) and Computer Science (BA) Undergrad GPA: Overall: 3.98 | Economics: 4.00 | Math: 4.00 Type of Grad: N/A Grad GPA: N/A GRE: Haven't taken yet, but, pretty sure I could do well based on prior standardized tests Math Courses: Calc 1 - 4, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory, Intro Proof Writing, Real Analysis I, Quantum Theory, Advanced Real Analysis, Statistical Theory, Stochastic Theory Econ Courses: Intermediate Micro/Macro and Metrics, Advanced Micro Theory, Field Course on Banking Structure, PhD Labor Economics, PhD Cross Sectional Metrics, PhD Time Series Metrics, Honors Thesis I and II Research Experience 1) Was an RA at the Fed for a year, referenced as an RA, though not an author, on working paper. 2) Spent a year as an RA in Engineering research, not sure if relevant but it was statistics/machine learning focused 3) Will have my senior thesis as more experience Letters of Rec 1) Fed Economist, very well established though PhD is in Finance 2) From very well established Economist who taught my PhD labor course though I've only taken one course with this Economist 3) From Thesis Adviser who came from Top 10 school Teaching Experience: None Research Interests: Labor Econ SOP: Not written Other: Internship at a top US Bank, probably not relevant Questions 1) What is my biggest weakness now? 2) Where would I likely get in if I applied now? 3) How is my profile for getting into top pre-doc positions?
  15. Undergrad: Large State School around 50th nationally GPA: 3.8 Major/Minor: Econ Major, Stat and Math minor GRE:167Q/160V Econ Classes: International Monetary Economics: A Environmental Economics: A Intermediate Micro: A Intermediate Macro: A Econometrics: A Time Series Econometrics: A Game Theory: A Math Classes: Calc 1: B+ Calc 2: A Calc 3: A- Intro to Proofs: A Intro to Analysis: A Linear Algebra w/ Proofs: B+ Stat Classes: Statistical Inference: A Applied Experimental Designs: B+ Applied Regression Analysis: A Mathematical Statistics I: A Mathematical Statistics II: A- Last Set of Classes that I'm taking in the fall: Senior Thesis Econ of Education Differential Equations Real Analysis Coding Experience: R (strong), RATS (used for one class, I think this program is awful), LaTeX (learning this for a nice looking thesis) Other Experience: Did Literature Review for a Professor one semester on a research topic he was exploring. With the same Professor, did a one-on-one class where he taught me discrete choice and how to code the models Tutored Intermediate Micro for 2 years. Interned at Porsche Cars North America last fall where I used some techniques I learned in Time Series to forecast car sales. Personal Info: During my Junior year I developed Crohn's Disease, it has been very hard for me. However, I recently found a treatment that looks like is getting me back to "normal." For this reason I am graduating in 4 and 1/2 years, which is not what I originally planned. Thesis: Writing my thesis on transportation demand estimation (using the famous Train discrete choice book). My adviser says that its the most ambitious senior thesis hes ever seen, however I don't go to an amazing school so I'll take that with a grain of salt LORs: One really strong letter from a professor I've worked with a while. One from My Intro to Analysis professor, and one from my thesis adviser. (I think the two economist letters should be pretty good Goals: My adviser seems to think that anything below 30 I should be really strong for, and have a decent chance 15-25. What do you guys think? Thanks for reading!
  16. Hi all - I was hoping to get a little feedback/insight regarding my profile, since mine seems to be the kind of background that will produce highly variable results, in terms of admissions/rejections. A little info on me, I originally received my political science BA and then MA at a large state school. I realized while doing my MA that I wanted to do my PhD in economics, so I went back to school at a small liberal arts school to obtain my economics and mathematics degrees. I will be applying this Fall for Fall 2019. I have concerns about 1) coming from an unknown liberal arts school, 2) having so-so grades in my calc sequence and analysis; 3) having a mediocre GRE score; and 4) not having economic internship / RA experience in academia or with a fed branch. I've seen profiles similar to mine get into good programs, while I've also seen them receive a large proportion of rejections. As such, I'll be casting a wide net - 15-50 rankings, and am hoping to get into ~30-40 ranked programs. I was just hoping I could get some feedback from you guys - all feedback is welcome. Thanks! Type of Undergrad: Large state school (Political Science); unranked liberal arts school (Economics, Mathematics, ) Undergrad GPA: 3.75 Type of Grad: State School (Political Science) Grad GPA: 3.9 Math Courses: Calc I/II/III (A-/B+/A-), Linear Algebra (A-), Statistics & Probability (A), Advanced Engineering Stats & Probability (A), Diff EQ (A), Number Theory (A), Combinatorics (A), Modern College Geometry (A), Linear Dynamical Systems (A-), Real Analysis (B-), Group Theory (A) Computer Engineering Courses: C++ Progamming (A), Advanced C++ Programming (A) Econ Courses: All A's - Intermediate Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory (Intermediate Microeconomics), Introduction to Econometrics, Applied Econometrics, International Economics II, History of Economic Institutions and Thought, Game Theory and Behavioral Economics, Managerial Economics, Money and Financial Institutions, Independent Study - Focus on Building Econometric Models Letters of Recommendation: Two from economics professors, one from mathematics professor. These will be very solid - I have very good relationships with them. Research Experience: Master’s Thesis on Cuban Political Economy (275 pages). My MA committee chair made four chapters of my thesis reading in an upper division political science course at my alma mater that focuses on the Cuban political economy. These chapters pertain to monetary duality in Cuba, Cuba’s integration into the world economy, Cuba’s recent economic reforms, and US-Cuba relations. My thesis is also required reading for honors students at my alma mater studying US-Cuban relations. GRE: 163 Q, 162 V, 5.5 AW Teaching Experience: TA'd during Masters Degree Research Interests: Econometrics, Macroeconomics SOP: Working on
  17. Undergrad: Large State School around 50th nationally GPA: 3.8 Major/Minor: Econ Major, Stat and Math minor GRE:167Q/160V Econ Classes: International Monetary Economics: A Environmental Economics: A Intermediate Micro: A Intermediate Macro: A Econometrics: A Time Series Econometrics: A Game Theory: A Math Classes: Calc 1: B+ Calc 2: A Calc 3: A- Intro to Proofs: A Intro to Analysis: A Linear Algebra w/ Proofs: B+ Stat Classes: Statistical Inference: A Applied Experimental Designs: B+ Applied Regression Analysis: A Mathematical Statistics I: A Mathematical Statistics II: A- Last Set of Classes that I'm taking in the fall: Senior Thesis Some Upper level Econ Class Differential Equations Real Analysis Coding Experience: R (strong), RATS (used for one class, I think this program is awful), MATLAB and LaTeX (trying to learn these now for help with my thesis) Other Experience: Did Literature Review for a Professor one semester on a research topic he was exploring. With the same Professor, did a one-on-one class where he taught me discrete choice and how to code the models Tutored Intermediate Micro for 2 years. Interned at Porsche Cars North America last fall where I used some techniques I learned in Time Series to forecast car sales. Personal Info: During my Junior year I developed Crohn's Disease, it has been very hard for me. However, I recently found a treatment that looks like is getting me back to "normal." For this reason I am graduating in 4 and 1/2 years, which is not what I originally planned. Thesis: Writing this fall using either discrete choice demand estimation or the Green and Porter (1984) model to examine collusion. (Also want to use this as an opportunity to potentially meet a new letter of rec writer) LORs: One really strong letter from a professor I've worked with a while. Other than that I'm trying to branch out this fall beyond professors I've had for classes. Goals: Fed RA (preferably in IO, but I would consider other positions) or PhD program between 20-40. Thanks for reading!
  18. Hi all, Keen to get opinions on my chances at admission to a master of economics program at top UK schools (Oxbridge / LSE) and the EU (Toulouse, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bocconi etc.) Undergrad and Honours: Studied at the University of New South Wales in Australia (ranked in top 3) Distinction average in economics courses (GPA around 5.5-6 out of 7), major in econometrics 2:1 overall (82%, cut off 85% for 1st class) in Honours year (5 advanced coursework subjects (postgrad/phd level) + 1 thesis), 1st class thesis, ranking was probably around 7/16. Work experience: 2 years at a top economic consulting firm 2 years in group strategy team for a $10b market cap+ company GRE score: 90th percentile
  19. Hello I finished masters in 2009 in economics, it was without thesis, since then I have been teaching eco in a university, last year I gave GRE & my score was Q-158, V-155, AWA -4. I got admission in Uni OTTAWA & Memorial uni of Newfoundland both without funding. This year I am again giving GRE next week. I am a family person & I could not go out for study due to various life issues. Now that I am finally trying I am worried about funding & coping with studies. My goal is to get a Phd & as I do not have thesis I need a Masters with thesis. I am targeting Canadian unis because they offers funds & also we may settle there if we get pr. Can you advise as to which Canadian unis should I target to get admission with funding. BSS & MSS in economics (Result both first class) IELTS: 8 GRE: 317 publication : 2 Thanks
  20. Hello there! I have been talking with some friends about the possible topics of the Honors thesis and I came up with the idea of doing a sort of analysis of Daron Acemoglu's work on Development, Growth and Institutions, as I read Why Nations Fail and found it to be an absolutely terrific book. Writing the thesis on this, would imply reading Acemoglu's original papers. Do you think an undergrad can understand what is written in the papers or am I diving into a mess? Thank you so much!
  21. Hi I am a pharmacy student (pharm.D) and now it's time for me to choose my thesis subject. These are the departments in my faculty that i can choose to work with: 1-Medicinal Chemistry 2-Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3-Pharmaceutics 4-Pharmacognosy 5-Pharmacology and Toxicology 6-Pharmaceutical and Food Control 7-Clinical Pharmacy I want to study phd in the future and most of my friends chose to study phd in the field that their Pharm.D thesis was.And they told me that my thesis subject is very important for applying for phd. I want to study phd in another country (maybe north america or sweden) so i want you to help me choose a department that increases my chance of getting accepted. Thankyou
  22. how important is writing a senior thesis? will not writing one put me at severe disadvantage? just curious..
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