Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The job market for economists: Planet Money podcast (24 minutes)

If you want to relive (or anticipate) your experience on the job market for new Ph.D. economists, here is the podcast for you.  Journalists Adrian Ma and Robert Smith follow  a brave new Ph.D. who talked to them while he interviewed for jobs. They also talk to many other people at the AEA meetings in Chicago, and discuss how some candidates might fall through the cracks. They talk to me (around minute 15) about the signaling mechanism that the AEA introduced. (The candidate they followed signaled the Census Bureau, just before the federal government announced a hiring freeze, but is now gainfully employed:)

#769: Speed Dating For Economists

We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.

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