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This page is geared toward students interested in studying economics, a field with several life phases.  Below, brief highlights of a few periods are provided with links for further information, reading material, data sets, and general advice.  For people interested in academia, you might like to read about teaching experiences at FSU.

Undergrad major

Typically, you take introductory and intermediate courses in macro and microeconomics.  Most programs require an additional course in econometrics.  From there, programs differ and you can choose classes in areas that draw your interest.  The types of classes are varied and may cover topics from financial, demographics, development, experimental, health, international, law & econ, public choice, public finance, and urban economics.  At FSU, we're recently adding courses on institutions, compassion, market ethics, and moral sentiments.  When you get extra time, reading about economics will help you in class as well as to decide whether you'd be interested in pursuing more studies in it.

After the Intro courses, what do I take?
Do you find yourself wondering, "Where do I go from here?" Click that link to see what courses are offered at FSU and the material that is covered.

Suggested readings
Blogs: Mankiw (Harvard's Greg Mankiw), Marginal Revolution (GMU's Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok), Becker-Posner - (Chicago's Gary Becker and Richard Posner), Aid Watch (a development blog by William Easterly), Rodrik (Harvard's Dani Rodrik with another development spin), CalculatedRisk (macro style of finance and econ)
Newspapers: NYTimes, WSJ, The Chronicle
Magazines: The Economist, Time, USNews
Wikipedia: Economics topics (I have linked articles for major econ topics), Famous economists (directs you away from this site)

Grad-school bound

Take math (especially if you want to do the Ph.D. and not the Masters route)!  Calculus, linear algebra, and discrete math/real analysis are basic prep work.  You might help out yourself by also doing probability theory and math stats.  If you are striving for a top-ranked school, differential equations and topology will aid you.  Don't worry about trying to learn too much about "what you need" before you actually start.  You'll get it from the program when you arrive.  Prepare your essays early and tailor them to your chosen institutions.  Check out what faculty are doing.  Go visit.  Wherever you are not completely happy when you tour around, you probably should cross those schools off the list.  Notice the interactions between grad students and professors.  That will be you in a short while.  Finally, enjoy yourself before you begin your studies.  This might be the most free-time you'll have in a long time!

Why grad school?
To form a strong application, consider general advice from a professor.

Why FSU for grad school?
Following a number of related e-mails from interested students, I put together a page addressing common questions about FSU.  Although it was done in January 2009, the answers haven't changed much, if at all, over time.

Where can I get more info to read?
Test Magic (TM) - popular online forum for tips on classes, books, SOPs, chances of admission, and where people are applying
The Grad Cafe - mixture of fields.  Used to be a place where people posted admissions placements.
General info:
Econphd.net - a place to start if you're considering economics as a career
EconWiki - a site that a friend started
Tips 4 Economists- consolidates articles on applying for grad school, writing & presenting research papers, referee reports, the job market, and success as a professor.

Grad School

First year
For the first year, find a small group of peers and study like crazy.  Treat grad school like a full-time job.  You might find that 40 hours aren't nearly enough and that 60+ is closer to reality.  Think of it as an investment.  Mas-Colell and other texts are hard (my bookshelf on Google Books), but things will eventually click.  Do well in your first-year classes because those are the best way to prepare for the prelims/comps/qualifers.   What were my first year commitments like?  Here's a screen shot from the last week of the spring term:

Time to get rolling on fields and developing a research agenda.  A handy typesetting language to pick up is LaTeX . . . try to stay away from Scientific Word.  Soon, you will see the reasons why abandoning MS Word is not the end of the world.  Typically, I work out of Stata when analyzing data (and have brief experience in R).  If you are interested in running experiments or doing research with sensitive personal information, you might want to think about learning z-Tree and take the online NIH tutorial "Protecting Human Research Participants" as well as FSU's Human Research Subjects Training Module.  The NIH course is not required, but it helps for Institutional Review Board approvals (where the FSU course must be completed).

Dissertation Proposal
The first step to writing your dissertation is to prepare a proposal.  Some advisors don't require an official proposal and oral defense; others do.  The proposals is typically a 15-20 page outline (typed, double-spaced, size 12 font) of what you plan to accomplish.  Crucial elements are a strong intro, clear motivating problem, lit review, issues you will explore, the methods you will use, and a theoretical or empirical model.  You should comment on whether you have undertaken any part of the research and your progress.  Other helpful information might be project time and estimated costs (running experiments, conducting surveys, or purchasing data).  You can find online help by typing "dissertation proposal" or "dissertation proposal economics example" into Google.
General Advice:
Noha Emara in Economics at Rutgers (short and sweet), Gita Gidwani in Intl Health at JHU (quick break down for summary), Shi Yuan Chen in Finance (just an online, but has essential sections)

Job Market
All of your work comes to fruition.   It's a stressful time since you have little idea where you will be in a year.  There are several articles to read and websites to check.  The best piece of advice is to start early because it will ease the stress of the process and, hopefully, diminish avoidable errors.  No matter how much you might read or hear it, make sure your job market paper is done by late August or September.  You should still try to do research but you will not have excessive time and, when you do, you may be mentally exhausted.
EconJobRumors - anonymous postings (careful with the noise and false signals)...try to avoid wasting too much time here
Econjobmarket - interviews and flyouts (slots start to fill in during late November and early December)
Competition: NBER - catalogs school websites listing their job candidates.  If starting early, use it to see how others design their JMPs and CVs.
Job postings:
JOE - the main location for jobs that will interview at the ASSA meetings in the U.S.
EconJobMarket - an alternative to JOE that tries to reduce the cost of job advertisments
Inomics - more popular for listing European institutions
Econ-Jobs - a search engine...for economists!  More generic engines are USAJobs, SimplyHired, Indeed, and Monster.
Chronicle of Higher Education - mainly used in the other social sciences, but sometimes has offers not placed in JOE
Tips for assembling a job market packet:
Berkeley's 2006-07 job market packet
Harvard's Job Market Information webpage
Stanford's Job Market Candidate Resources webpage with a placement guide and CV template
Non-technical articles to read: 
Katie Holmes and David Colander's “The Hiring of an Economist: A Case Study
John Cawley's “A Guide (and Advice) for Economists on the U.S. Junior Academic Market
Hisham Foad's "Memoirs of a Job Market Candidate"
Salary projections: The CBER publishes annual surveys and results on econ wage offers