bigbros, I will gtfo immediately after requesting some advice on how much math I really need to get into a top 20 program. Assuming top 50 ug, and A's in math, how many math stats classes should you take on to be competitive?
How much math should you actually take?


After analysis, everything is useful but optional

Never enough. I sit in more than 100 math courses, still not enough.

You should have the equivalent of a Phd in algebraic geometry before you apply to any top 200 econ phd program

2 points a week

If you can pass the prelims as an undergrad, that's a really good signal.

At least advanced complex analysis and measure theory

at least two semesters of econometrics at the level of reg y x, robust

Complete the entire algebra sequence (as a minimum, two courses in linear algebra and abstract algebra and one course each in group theory, ring and module theory, Galois theory, and the finite representation theory of finite groups).

Come back when you have a maths degree.

^ wow you respond to a post from 3 years ago? get a life

One step ahead of where you think you need to be proficient in your field.

Interested to know what did OP do.

Thomas Sargent's recommendation is good: http://www.tomsargent.com/math_courses.html

Most economists today are regmonkeys (especially the young) so I would not worry to much about math unless you want to do theory/macro/i.o.

Come back when you have a maths degree.
For all you know OP has a math degree by now.

Most economists today are regmonkeys (especially the young) so I would not worry to much about math unless you want to do theory/macro/i.o.
I always felt more at ease even as a reader of theory/macro/io after taking real analysis, like the reply from ages ago said.

It depends on what you want to do.
 If your at a true top 50, the path to top 20 is pretty clear.
1. Get Good Grades
2. Get Good GRE
3. Take class with Senior Professors in your school and impress them. Make sure you are the best student in the class. Let them no what your goals are, but don't be overbearing. They'll pay attention to you if you do well and they know if you're doing Ph.D.4. Math only ones that matter is multi calculus, Matrix Algebra and basic real analysis. Everything else is extra, but is useful depending on field. The idea is that you have a foundation to pick up more math, not that you know everything there is to know. Purely for admissions doing WELL in a grad level economics course at a top 50 school would count more than taking functional analysis.
Classes in order of usefulness : 1. Probability/ Math Stats/ stochastic processes 2. Numerical Methods 3. Differential Equations (macro/i.o.) 4. Further study of analysis (theory)
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