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    Hi,

    obviously i know the best, Harvard, MIT, UChicago, Princeton, Yale, etc... some of them, the rankings and so on... but what about the so called "2nd tier" which are still excellent, i'm thinking in the league of John Hopkins, Cornell, etc... of that class, which has the best Econ departments? I'm asking because i have pretty much decided on my prime targets (Oxbridge, Berkeley) but would like some good back ups. I understand that a PhD is extremley competitive at those schools too.

    Thanks for any help.

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    It depends on your emphasis, really. go to http://www.econphd.net/rankings.htm They break it down into subdisciplines, based on research productivity.
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    Why don't you go to wherever is producing the best research for your interests and go somewhere where there is a supervisor for you?
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    (Original post by TheOneWho)
    Why don't you go to wherever is producing the best research for your interests and go somewhere where there is a supervisor for you?
    Well... i don't have contacts to any of those unis. I have excellent contacts to my uni (University of Munich - LMU) and my exchange university (UW in Seattle). I don't intend to do my Masters (UK) or PhD (US) there.

    Also i want to factor in 1) availability of financial aid, 2) location (its 5 years of my life after all), 3) overall reputation (in case i don't continue in econ research but go somewhere else after being done with the degree), etc... .

    Thanks for the econ phd link Doberman.
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    The subrankings don't work for me. They don't show up. Subdiscipline would be Macroeconomics or International Macroeconomics.
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    Surely you should know where the research is coming from though? That's how I would choose my university, as well as who I would want to be supervising me. But hey, to each his own.
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    Do i monitor the research of 30 or so us universities to such an extent that i can soley base my opinion on that? No, certainly not.
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    (Original post by Rob L)
    I understand that a PhD is extremely competitive at those schools too.
    Yes, they are extremely selective. Hopkins has a 10% admit rate for its econ program...hardly a "backup" option.

    I recommend taking a look over the USNWR econ ranking and start looking at programs that look interesting. As a general rule of thumb, weaker programs are less selective.

    Sure, it's a lot of work examining each program -- but get used to it. Grad school is a lot of work.
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    Brown would be one of the best in tier 2, alone with Northwestern, NYU, UCLA and Michigan.
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    (Original post by Rob L)
    The subrankings don't work for me. They don't show up. Subdiscipline would be Macroeconomics or International Macroeconomics.
    It's a temperamental website, check back often. Anyway, it worked for me, and the rankings for Macroeconomics are the following:

    1 Harvard U USA 30.5 14.5 61
    2 Princeton U USA 23.8 20.1 32
    3 U Pennsylvania USA 21.8 19.7 35
    4 New York U (NYU) USA 21.3 20.3 33
    5 U California - Berkeley USA 20.7 15.3 28
    6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA 20.3 14.8 35
    7 Columbia U USA 17.7 19.0 41
    8 U Chicago USA 16.7 10.5 46
    9 U California - Los Angeles (UCLA) USA 15.6 16.4 32
    10 Stanford U USA 14.9 13.0 40
    11 Northwestern U USA 13.4 11.9 23
    12 London School of Economics (LSE) UK 13.4 14.1 41
    13 U Texas - Austin USA 13.2 21.3 17
    14 European U Institute Italy 12.2 33.9 12
    15 Warwick U UK 12.1 27.1 22
    16 Boston U USA 10.9 19.5 13
    17 U Rochester USA 10.8 18.6 18
    18 Indiana U USA 10.1 29.6 13
    19 Cornell U USA 9.9 14.5 32
    20 U Minnesota USA 9.5 19.4 15
    21 Tilburg U Netherlands 9.2 16.3 34
    22 U Amsterdam Netherlands 9.1 21.7 19
    23 Rutgers U USA 9.1 28.7 15
    24 U Pompeu Fabra Spain 9.1 33.7 11
    25 U California - San Diego USA 8.6 14.0 15
    26 U California - Davis USA 8.5 17.2 18
    27 U Wisconsin - Madison USA 8.4 12.1 18
    28 U Copenhagen Denmark 8.1 33.7 17
    29 Duke U USA 7.8 17.8 23
    30 Stockholm U Sweden 7.7 26.4 14
    31 U Michigan - Ann Arbor USA 7.7 11.3 23
    32 Georgetown U USA 7.7 25.2 20
    33 Tel Aviv U Israel 7.5 15.6 16
    34 U British Columbia Canada 7.4 12.0 23
    35 Yale U USA 7.3 6.7 29
    36 U Maryland - College Park USA 7.1 10.5 27
    37 U Washington USA 7.1 24.8 13
    38 Arizona State U USA 6.7 22.6 12
    39 U Cambridge UK 6.7 17.3 23
    40 U Virginia USA 6.7 21.7 11
    41 Ohio State U USA 6.7 11.6 19
    42 U Iowa USA 6.6 27.1 13
    43 U Southern California USA 6.5 14.0 19
    44 Birkbeck College UK 6.0 40.3 12
    45 Carnegie Mellon U USA 6.0 15.7 16
    46 Stockholm School of Economics Sweden 5.9 23.8 14
    47 Johns Hopkins U USA 5.9 17.4 10
    48 Queen's U Canada 5.8 20.6 11
    49 U Toulouse I (Sciences Sociales) France 5.7 8.8 21
    50 Brown U USA 5.6 10.5 18

    and International Finance (they don't have a subdiscipline for international macroeconomics) are:

    1 U California - Berkeley USA 7.6 5.7 8
    2 Harvard U USA 5.0 2.4 13
    3 Warwick U UK 4.6 10.3 8
    4 Princeton U USA 3.3 2.8 4
    5 U California - Los Angeles (UCLA) USA 3.0 3.2 9
    6 Duke U USA 2.9 6.7 10
    7 U Pennsylvania USA 2.7 2.4 10
    8 Columbia U USA 2.2 2.4 13
    9 U California - Santa Cruz USA 2.1 12.1 6
    10 New York U (NYU) USA 2.0 1.9 13
    11 U York UK 2.0 7.3 6
    12 Ohio State U USA 1.9 3.4 6
    13 U British Columbia Canada 1.9 3.1 9
    14 Rutgers U USA 1.9 6.1 6
    15 U Pompeu Fabra Spain 1.9 7.1 3
    16 U California - Davis USA 1.9 3.8 6
    17 U Wisconsin - Madison USA 1.9 2.7 4
    18 U Virginia USA 1.8 6.0 3
    19 Northwestern U USA 1.8 1.6 9
    20 U Amsterdam Netherlands 1.6 3.8 4
    21 U Strathclyde UK 1.5 33.6 3
    22 London School of Economics (LSE) UK 1.5 1.6 10
    23 U Southern California USA 1.5 3.1 9
    24 Georgetown U USA 1.5 4.8 10
    25 U Copenhagen Denmark 1.4 5.8 6
    26 Yale U USA 1.3 1.2 8
    27 Trinity College Dublin Ireland 1.2 25.4 2
    28 Copenhagen Business School Denmark 1.2 17.8 6
    29 Birkbeck College UK 1.2 7.9 8
    30 European U Institute Italy 1.2 3.2 5
    31 U Michigan - Ann Arbor USA 1.1 1.7 5
    32 Stanford U USA 1.1 1.0 6
    33 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA 1.1 0.8 7
    34 Tilburg U Netherlands 1.1 1.9 8
    35 Tel Aviv U Israel 1.0 2.2 7
    36 George Washington U USA 1.0 7.0 2
    37 INSEAD France 1.0 6.7 4
    38 U Nottingham UK 1.0 3.9 7
    39 U Houston USA 1.0 7.6 4
 
 
 
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