Economist, Data Scientist, Data Miner, Statistician or all of the above?

It was not so long ago that Steve Lohr quoted economist Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google at the time, as saying  “ that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” Lohr spoke of a “new breed of statisticians (…) that use powerful computers and sophisticated mathematical models to hunt for…

What Can You do With a Masters in Economics?

So, you’ve almost finished your master’s in economics – coursework handed in, library books returned, just a few final exams to breeze through… All you need to do now is confront that tricky little question you’ve been ignoring for the past year or so: what can you do with a master’s in economics? In short,…

The Perils of Economic Forecasting

Imagine the most delicious meal you could ever eat. For starters, it’s Kalamata olive tapenade on garlic ciabatta or mussels roasted in lemon juice and coriander. Then it’s rack of lamb on a bed of puréed sweet potatoes or pan-fried Aberdeen Angus steak or saffron rice with marinated lobster and a fizzy cola-bottle garnish. Yes,…

When story-telling is censorship: How independent is your research?

“Into the woods you have to grope, but that’s the way you learn to cope.“Into the woods to find there’s hope of getting through the journey.”So sing the Baker, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of the beanstalk fame) in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Sondheim himself was caught up in a brief independence and…

That’s a surprisingly big number! Descriptive statistics

You’re on the bus. It’s early in the morning and difficult to remember what number comes after one. (Twelfty, isn’t it?). There seem to be some other people on the bus, people with coats, and hair, and bags, and mobile phones. When the early morning coffee starts to kick in, you start counting the colours…

Life as a Treasury Economist by Kemi Saka

Transformation I currently work for the Public Service Transformation Network, helping public bodies and local councils remodel public services so they are designed efficiently around the needs of local people. I focus on growth by co-designing ways to improve the skills of local people in order to get them working and into higher paying jobs…