The Importance of Economists in Technology Companies

Why do technology companies hire economists, and what is their contribution? What kinds of problems do they work on? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford GSB; Boards: Expedia, Ripple, on Quora: This is a great time for economists in tech companies — the most interesting firms in Silicon Valley are hiring chief economists as well as economic teams at a very rapid clip. Every week, I am contacted to help fill a position, or I hear about a new hire by firms like AirBnb, Netflix, Pandora, Uber, etc. Each tech company, and each chief economist, is different, but there are several main categories. First are microeconomic issues involved…


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