Economcis and math?
I have come to like economics quite a lot but actually my undergraduate degree in interdiciplinary business diciplines does not suit my economics aspirations accordingly; hence the creation of this blog :). I am seriously pondering shifting gears for my graduate studies turning to a MSc program in Aplied Economics and Finance. As all other students in my place thinking about shifting to more economic courses the math requirements loom as a an impending obstacle. Essentially, I have no problem with (learning) math and in the end I am confident that I can learn the math I need to be succesful in my studies and afterwards. However, the issue still makes you think about whether it would be a good idea; i.e. will it be worth the extra effort needed?
Luckily the best recent addition to the econblog sphere Greg Mankiw has a post giving his view.
"A student emails me seeking advice. To paraphrase a long letter, he asks:
"I love economics and my economics courses, but I struggle with my math courses and am not doing particularly well in them. What graduate school and career path would be right for me?"
a Harvard senior who, because of a weak math background, was rejected by every econ PhD program to which he applied. At the same time, he had a strong academic record overall and was accepted by several of the very best law schools.
There are two possible paths for such a person."
In terms of me personally my mind is set firmly on pursuing economics more vigorously. This is not to say that I am regretting my choices, not at all! But in the end you should always pursue what you are most interested in; incidentally this is obviously a cliché but true nonetheless.