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Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies

Susan Athey, Michael Luca

NBER Working Paper No. 25064
Issued in September 2018
NBER Program(s):Industrial Organization, Labor Studies, Public Economics, Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

As 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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25064

Published: Susan Athey & Michael Luca, 2019. "Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 33(1), pages 209-230.

 
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