First, what do you think are the best places to study economics? I don´t know in which field I will specialize but I know this: I want to focus in developing economies. Which path do you recommend I take? I will be relying on financial aid to get through college. I didn't even consider applying to the USA until a few months before finishing high school and I have a rather bleak application (Good scores, Good GPA, but no extracurriculars at all). I will apply anyway, but if I don't get in I'll strengthen my file and apply next year. I am still going through the list of universities ranked per aid for international students but I already have four unis to which I will apply: UChicago, Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and Princeton.To this, I replied:
Second, do you know any research colleges that are not widely known and maybe not that good in general but have a focus in development economics or sustainable development? What colleges keep popping up in papers you read?
Care to offer your opinion, experience or advice?
- Teaching at research universities is not always good for undergraduates. It may make more sense to get a good education at a liberal arts school (don't specialize too soon!) or LatAm school, especially when considering the high cost/difficulty with scholarships
- For development economics, it's important to know languages, history, politics and geography. "Context" matters much more than in game theory, for example.
- Don't rush. You need 4-5 years for a BSc/BA, then a few years of experience THEN more time IF you want to get a masters. Try to enjoy the process, but don't make too many goals. Yes, you may have a big impact by 25 years old, but there are many things to learn, people to meet AND barriers to change. etc.