Friday, April 8, 2016

People skills

As Noah has shifted from criticism of economics to defense of the status quo (becoming part of it as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook [nice school; did a talk there on my postdoc search]), his defenses have gotten a bit more strained (e.g. here). Take this for example:

But according to the article:
Much of [economists'] value to tech firms is in helping to connect the engineering side with the business side. 
“Economists are trained in the intuition and goals of business, but they are also comfortable with data, statistics and the technical aspects of running a business,” Athey said. “A successful economist is multilingual.”

Which makes me think of this:


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