What are the options for Economics PhD students after graduation? I am aware most students end up going into academia as either professors or researchers. What are the options in the corporate world for an Economics PhD graduate?

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    $\begingroup$ This is probably more on-topic at Academia.SE. At any rate, take a look at the job postings at American Economic Association's website for an idea: aeaweb.org/joe/listings $\endgroup$
    – Herr K.
    Nov 10, 2018 at 19:43
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because not about economics. $\endgroup$
    – user18
    Nov 11, 2018 at 7:32

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Your claim that most go into academia is wrong. From the top universities, about half to two-thirds go into academia, but from most universities, most go to non-academic careers. It's simple accounting: a top-30 university graduates about 20 PhDs in economics per year, hires 1 or 2.

Google "[university name] economics job market outcomes", or "[university name] economics placement" to see where the PhDs get jobs.

Corporate world: economic consulting, management consulting, banking, large companies like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Uber.


Sander's answer about checking various Economics PhD program websites for their recent placements is good advice.

Also, the American Economic Association has a list of Job Openings for Economists on their website (https://www.aeaweb.org/joe/listings). This may help give you an idea as to where recent graduates with Economics PhDs will end up.


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