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  • January 9, 2017

Job interviews at the AEA annual meeting

Students and economists are greeted at a reception during this year's AEA annual meeting in Chicago

Craig Huey

The Wall Street Journal featured the high-stakes job interviewing process at the AEA’s annual meeting in Chicago last weekend, saying the conference has become a “major hub for recruiting” the world’s leading young economists. The newspaper noted that postings on the Job Openings for Economists website have gone up nearly 40 percent in the last decade, with 3,673 new jobs listed for 2017. The Journal compared the intense rounds of interviews to the National Football League’s annual scouting combine every February, “where players go through tests and stunts that help determine how they will fare in the NFL draft.”