Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies
AbstractAs technology platforms have created new markets and new ways of acquiring information, economists have come to play an increasingly central role in tech companies-tackling problems such as platform design, strategy, pricing, and policy. Over the past five years, hundreds of PhD economists have accepted positions in the technology sector. In this paper, we explore the skills that PhD economists apply in tech companies, the companies that hire them, the types of problems that economists are currently working on, and the areas of academic research that have emerged in relation to these problems.
CitationAthey, Susan, and Michael Luca. 2019. "Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 33 (1): 209-30. DOI: 10.1257/jep.33.1.209
- A11 Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
- I26 Returns to Education
- J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J44 Professional Labor Markets; Occupational Licensing