but i am not good at...what's wrong with me? i like Simmee.com fashion but i don't like math
It's official! Women is better at math.

Lisa Sauermann is now studying mathematics in Bonn. Martin Scholze (3 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal) is also studying there. He has become recently Clay Research Fellow (like Terence Tao in few years ago). Gerd Faltings (Fields Medal) is professor there. It seems to be a outstanding place for mathematicians.

Hi!
I consider pursuing an econ phd. People tend to have very different opinions about the math requirements for this. Sometimes it is argued that Chiang or Simon/Blume (which I read in undergrad) is enough while others seem to think that graduate courses in real analysis and probability are a minimum requirement, or even something more esoteric. Thanks!

Being good at solving math puzzles is not a signal that you're good at research (in any discipline). In fact these endeavors are somewhat exclusionary. If you spent a lot of time in your childhood learning how to solve math puzzles, as I did, that's less time to think about other kinds of problems or to learn about history and society.
You, sir, are incredibly full of it. It's actually a very good signal that you're extremely intelligent, regardless of whether you spent your childhood thinking about "social problems." A good chunk of the field medalists in the last two decades participated in the IMO, and many of the ones that didn't probably could have. Not to mention that all IMO contestants who eventually went into economics have become job market stars and/or gotten tenure in a top school.
It's not the fact that they learned how to solve certain puzzles that is impressive but the fact that they can do it much, much better than everyone else. I know IMO participants who spent as much time preparing for contests as you probably did for your SAT's, and I'm sure most people wouldn't be able to solve any olympiadlevel problems if they had their entire f**king lives to work on it.
Also, did I mention that you're full of it? What moron spends his childhood thinking about social problems? Do you really think Lucas got where he was because he'd been pondering macro policy since high school?

She is certainly a fascinating outlier. Are there any other women on the IMO all time list? I looked carefully through the top 25 and couldn't find any, and looking through the names it seems doubtful that there's one in the top 50 or even 100 either. (Be careful, there's an androgynouslooking contestant from Japan, but it's actually a dude.)
It's not often that every top person in a field (down to, say, the top 50 or top 100) is a man, except the very topranked. What kind of datagenerating process is this?

Yes, it's a signal that you're intelligent, and intelligence is what matters for research. Devoting a childhood to studying math puzzles does not help your research as much as learning more abstract math, history and so on. Terence Tao's parents figured this out and pulled him out of the math competition route when he was 13.
You, sir, are incredibly full of it. It's actually a very good signal that you're extremely intelligent blah blah

And I don't recall anyone saying children should think about "social problems." What the guy said was "other problems", and in that context he was most certainly talking about mathematical problems. I'm not sure if you have any experience in IMO, but Olympiad problems are a very different creature from the kind of problems that you might encounter in the regular classroom, and they require extremely different skill sets. An intelligent person might adapt to both, but that doesn't mean he should.

I have never understood this obsession you guys have with math medalists. They are by no means representative of the bulk of economists.
I am a LRM and will never impact the field, mind you, but I am quite satisfied with typing reg y x, cluster () and writing some fancy story to interpret the results. Comparative advantage, guys.

Hi!
I consider pursuing an econ phd. People tend to have very different opinions about the math requirements for this. Sometimes it is argued that Chiang or Simon/Blume (which I read in undergrad) is enough while others seem to think that graduate courses in real analysis and probability are a minimum requirement, or even something more esoteric.
Who knows the truth? Thanks! 
The only reason she has 5 medals is because it took her 5 times to get a perfect score.
I think there's an economist at Princeton who got a perfect score the first time and stopped going.
Anyway, if you look at the overall stats there are around 92% males each year among the competitors, so this certainly isn't convincing proof that women are better at math.Who? I spot Sannikov, who got full marks the first time around, but he did it 2 more times after that (all gold, but didn't get perfect score).

Yes, it's a signal that you're intelligent, and intelligence is what matters for research. Devoting a childhood to studying math puzzles does not help your research as much as learning more abstract math, history and so on. Terence Tao's parents figured this out and pulled him out of the math competition route when he was 13.
You, sir, are incredibly full of it. It's actually a very good signal that you're extremely intelligent blah blah
They don't live in a cave while preparing for the IMO. I'm pretty sure Gabe Carroll had plenty of time to learn history and abstract math in high school. And most of these kids  at least the American ones  control their own curricula, since they're much smarter than their parents.
I don't see why math competitions are any different than other extracurricular activities, so why isn't anyone bitching about sports or music practice wasting time?