If I am right that in recent decades the equilibrium in post-real macro has discouraged good science (and remember, many economists do not agree with me, at least not yet) there is some risk that a rear-guard of post-real macroeconomists will continue to defend their notion of methodological purity. At this point it is hard to know whether this group will fracture or dig in for a fight to death. If they dig in, I suspect that it will be in a few departments and that the variation between departments will be larger. Watch to see how this plays out and choose where you go with this in mind.
Pointer from Mark Thoma.
My own advice is to look for opportunities other than graduate school in economics.
One way to think of my latest book, Specialization and Trade, is as a denunciation of the path that academic economics took since 1940. It is a Quixotic attempt to pull off what Paul Samuelson did in the 1940s, which is completely re-orient economics from undergraduate education on up. That is not going to happen. I think that academic economics (especially macro, but not just macro) is simply too far gone.
If you have a strong interest in studying economics and in joining in the intellectual conversation, you can do that on your own, without going to graduate school. This was less true forty years ago, when I was starting grad school, because we did not the Internet, with its blogs, online working papers, podcasts, and so on.
On your own, you can be selective about what you study and how intensively you delve into various areas. Studying on your own will be a lot less expensive than going to graduate school, particularly in terms of opportunity cost. Graduate programs will make you waste a lot of time studying things that are either uninteresting to you or uninformative, or both.
It could be that you really want the academic lifestyle, and suffering through an economics Ph.D program is the best way to get it. But be careful about assuming that the academic lifestyle is the only one for you. I think that bright college students tend to over-estimate the intellectual stimulation that they can get out of academia and they under-estimate the intellectual stimulation that they could get out of working in business.