For IDE the students come first. This is why we start this section with talking about students rather than talking about courses, professors or the University. There is not the typical IDE student. IDE students are incredibly diverse and the program benefits hugely from that fact.
While many of the IDE students did their undergraduate studies in economics or similar fields, we also have a few students in each cohort who come from other educational areas, but who wish to build up the skills to do work in this area.
However, as the IDE Program is purely a master’s in economics, we take people with exceptional analytical and economics backgrounds. Therefore we accept students who have taken microeconomics, econometrics, and macroeconomics. Additionally they have taken courses in multivariate calculus, probability and statistics, and we give preference to people who have had linear (matrix) algebra. Upon admission to the program, it may be required that a student take the “Math for Economists” course during the summer prior to beginning the program.
In each cohort some of our students also have some work experience. In short, we encourage applications from all countries and from all post-baccalaureate backgrounds.
2023 Incoming Student Profile
Number of students – 37
Number of countries – 13
Female/male ratio – 80%F / 20%M
Average GPA – 3.8 / 4
Average work experience – 0.5 years
International student population – 97%
Average age – 23 years old
Average GRE quantitative score – 165
In the last 2-3 years our students went to work at the following places:
Inter-American Development Bank
European Bank Reconstruction and Development
Soros Economic Development Fund
UK Oversea Development Initiative
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Compass Lexecon / FTI Consulting
Chappuis Halder & Co Consulting
Within 2-3 years of graduation about one third of the graduating class is enrolled in a Ph.D program. Recent graduates went to these schools:
MIT Sloan Finance
Harvard School of Public Health
Harvard School of Education
Duke Environmental Economics
Columbia Business School
University of Pennsylvania Wharton Applied Economics