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Fall 2022 Profile Evaluation: PhD in Economics/Finance

Marty McRy

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Undergraduate University: UC Santa Barbara

Undergraduate Major: Economics

Undergraduate GPA: 3.86

GRE: 166 Q/161 V/4 AWA *Should I retake the GRE? What are the consequences if I don’t score 167 + on the quantitative reasoning section?*


Econ Courses

Microeconomic Theory (A), Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (-A), Advanced Microeconomic Theory (B+), Econometrics (A), Advanced Econometrics (A), Game Theory (A), Senior Thesis (A)


Math Course

Multivariable Calculus (A), Linear Algebra (A), Advanced Linear Algebra (A), Differential Equations (A), Methods of Analysis (A+), and Real Analysis (A)


Statistics, Computer Science, and Data Science Courses

Introduction to Computer Science (A), Probability Theory (A-), and Introduction to Data Science (A)


Research Experience

I’ve spent the last two years working as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve. I currently work as the Corporate Bonds and Credit Quality RA in the Capital Markets section. I regularly prepare charts and answer ad hoc questions for economists and board members. I also dedicate time towards economist’s independent research; I’m currently working on two papers concerning monetary policy. Before joining the Board, I wrote a senior thesis and did some cleaning/entry work for a professor at UCSB.


Letters of Recommendation

Two Board economists and one economist from UCSB; I have worked with each of them all for at least a year.


Teaching Experience

I recently revamped the R and Linux training in Capital Markets for incoming RAs. I also volunteer for a data science course taught at Howard University in collaboration with the Federal Reserve.


Research Interests

I’m broadly interested in applied economic research. Although I enjoy my work surrounding empirical corporate finance, I also have an interest in household finance.



Top 25 economics Ph.D. programs and a handful of finance Ph.D. programs. *Should I consider applying to more finance programs given my research interests and the state of my profile?*

My questions are highlighted in red. All other comments and suggestions welcome. Thank you for reviewing my profile :)

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