I believe I have the pre-requisite GPA, GRE, tough classes, etc. to get in to a top PhD program in finance or economics. What I believe I am missing is the research experience.
What are these top programs looking for in the research arena, it's not exactly listed on their sites?
Is faculty supervised research experience a must have for a top 10 program? Or will independent research suffice?
If you have basically perfect attributes in the other metrics, does research experience matter too much?