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American Economic Association


A Career in Economics…it’s much more than you think.

This brief educational video was developed for The American Economic Association, and features four individuals offering their insights on how a background in economics can be a tool for solving very human problems.

Marcella Alsan, a physician of infectious disease, discusses why she needed to pursue a degree in economics to improve the lives of her patients.Randall Lewis, a research scientist at Google, uses economics and “big data” as tools to improve the functioning of markets.Britni Wilcher, a PhD student of economics, offers insight on some misconceptions about economists and factors influencing her career path decision.Peter Henry, dean at the NYU Stern School of Business, points to the true nature of economics and the importance of diverse voices informing the field.

Video by Diana Diroy
Graphics by Erin Culton

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Category: Film