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Norsker 2010:
PROFILE: (At time of Application)
Type of Undergrad: BA Economics, minor mathematics (At a 'middle' UC)
Undergrad GPA: 3.38
GRE: 790Q / 720V / 4
Math Courses: Linear Algebra, Single variable/vector calc, ODEs, Intro to math proofs. (Listed RA 1 and 2 and probability theory as remaining college coursework). Math Grades averaged to about B+
Econ Courses: A few more UG courses than required, average falls between B+ and A-
Other Courses:
Letters of Recommendation: "Strong" letters from an assistant professor I TA'd for and talked with a decent amount about research and a lecturer I TA'd for, and a favorable but likely 'nondescript' letter from another assistant professor.
Research Experience: Worked a little bit for a labor economist, acquired funding for and ran a pilot experiment
Research Interests: Experimental, assorted micro topics
SOP: I wrote my essays a couple days before they were due; slightly modified SoP for later applications
Acceptances: UCI($$, TA), Pitt(?), Arizona(No $)
Waitlists: Caltech(eventually rejected)
Rejections: University of Zurich(This one was a complete surprise), UVA, NYU, CMU
What would you have done differently?
Applied to a slightly wider range of schools , started taking math a lot earlier(my biggest regret), procrastinated much less, studied more than 4-5 hours for the GRE, worked harder to get a paper published, put more care into crafting my SoP, gotten more exercise. It probably would have helped if my letter of recommendation writers were more established.
The usual.
    Acceptances: UCI($$, TA), Pitt(?), Arizona(No $)
  • Institution: UC Irvine Economics PHD Decision: Accept($, TA) Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email
  • Institution: University of Pittsburgh Economics PHD Decision: Accept(No word on funding yet) Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email
  • Institution: University of Pittsburgh Economics PHD Decision: Accept(No word on funding yet) Notification date: 2/26 Notified through: Email
  • Institution: University of Arizona Economics PhD Decision: Accept Notification date: 03/19/10 Notified through: Email Comments: No funding
    rejected) Rejections: University of Zurich(This one was a complete surprise), UVA, NYU, CMU
  • Institution: University of Zurich Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/22/10 Notified through: E-mail Comments: I'm shocked, although I'll hardly be losing any sleep over it.
  • Institution: University of Virginia Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: - Notification date: 3/22 Notified through: Checked site Posted on GC: Yes Comments: Oh well. Guess it's time to closely review my three acceptances.
  • Institution: NYU Economics PhD Decision: Rejected Funding: NA Notification date: 03/24 Notified through: E-mail Comments: Only my CMU (and probably Caltech) rejections to go.
  • Institution: Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) Economics Decision: Rejection Funding: N/A Notification date: 3/25/10 Notified through: Mass email Comments: Expected.
  • Institution: Caltech Economics Decision: Rejected (off waitlist) Notification date: 03/31 Notified through: Inquired via email Funding: - Comments: They're sending out the official waitlist rejections soon.
    Waitlists: Caltech(eventually
  • Institution: Caltech Social Science Decision: Waitlist Funding: N/A Notification date: 03/05 Notified through: Email Comment: Well, further than I expected to get.


Type of masters: Msc Financial engineering, London, MA eco (Delhi school of economics, India), CFA all levels cleared
MSc : Distinction (above 70%)
GRE: 780Q, 530V, 5.0AWA (repeating)
Math Courses: Math for eco (Real analysis, topology, optimization, dynamics), Linear Algebra, Measure Theory (not complete course), stochastic processes, Stochastic calculus
Econ Courses (Masters-level): game theory, information economics: corporate finance, mechanism designs, dynamic optimizations, econometrics (Time series and theory), monetary policy, risk theory
Other Courses: whole lot of finance courses (CFA), asset pricing (martingale pricing)
Letters of Recommendation: 3 prof at University of london and one at cambridge, (economics), one from India (phd yale)
Research Experience: Except for term papers and thesis, none.
Teaching Experience: portfolio management for MBA program
Research Interests: Dynamic macro, risk and time, experimental eco, asset pricing
Concerns: MA eco performance is not great (though Msc Fin. eng is good)
Applying to: Yale, Northwestern, NYU, Columbia, Maryland, WUSTL, Bsoton, Minessota, duke, rochester, Caltec, CMU, tolouse, swiss finance
  • Institution: Toulouse School of Economics /M2 (Financial Markets ad Intermediaries) Decision:Accept Funding: Waiting (22 March) Notification date: Notified through:email from
  • Institution: Yale Economics Decision: Rejected Funding: Notification date: 19 feb Notified Through: email to check online status Posted on Grad Cafe: no Comment: Account yet not opened in USA _ _ _ _ SIG _ _ _ _ Accepted: Toulouse M2 Wait list: Swiss finance Institute Rejected: Yale
  • Institution: Swiss Finance Institute (Zurich Centre) Finance Decision:Waiting list for Interview. (Do not know what that means) Funding: Notification date: 09 Feb, 2010 Notified through:email from
Admit summary statistics:
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There were 0 accepted out of 2 applicants.
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