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:
More tech companies are hiring economists: https://t.co/2cTDUVeool Because there's lots of econ that actually, you know, *works*.— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) April 8, 2016
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: