Does anybody know what kind of work or where computational economists end up working? It seems most end up in research...

  • $\begingroup$ I would expect that many private sector industries would love to hire computational economists. One example would be the investment firms. A computational economist could help such a firm develop and execute an algorithm for trading $\endgroup$
    – DornerA
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose people that define themselves as computational economists are mostly in research. However, in order to stay on top of current modelling techniques, many economists are adept at computational techniques. I think the right view for a person trying to imagine their future is that you can become either a pure theorist (a la Tirole), an empiricist, or a computational economist in some way... $\endgroup$
    – Fix.B.
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah i figured trading would be one of the jobs, it seems like data science is also one that pops up when I search computational economics $\endgroup$
    – cyvarza
    Commented Mar 31, 2016 at 17:42
  • $\begingroup$ You can look who's hiring computational economists: indeed.com/jobs?q=%22computational+economics%22&l= $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 9:18

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The most useful way of thinking of a Computational Economist is one that will be able to estimate economic models in a quantitatively meaningful way. This makes them very useful for central banks which have the need to study the macroeconomy quantitatively and also have the time and resources to invest in a computational economist...

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The conferences by the society for computation economics are all populated by academic economists or by central bank economists. enter link description here

The job-board sites, mostly ask for data scientists when you type in computational economics. enter link description here

Commentators at the job econ rumors site claim two things: that computational economics is forever going to be the science of the future, but never the presently hot science.enter link description here

  • $\begingroup$ Note that there are lots of trolls on econ job rumors... $\endgroup$ Commented May 15, 2016 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ You are right, troll/truth ratio is pretty high. $\endgroup$
    – Fix.B.
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 3:53

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