A Scotland-wide initiative aims to create more opportunities for students interested in a career as an applied economist.
Economic Futures is a three year programme funded by the Scottish Funding Council. The programme, spearheaded by the Fraser of Allender Institute at the University of Strathclyde, will support work placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students to gain experience in an applied economics capacity in academic, public policy or business. Any student studying for an economics or economy-related degree is eligible.
Training events with leading applied economists will be run throughout the year focussing upon the toolkit of an applied economist including policy evaluation, economic modelling and data analysis.
Professor Catia Montagna from the University of Aberdeen Business School and who is part of Economic Futures Steering Group, said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for students to develop essential skills that will enable them to meet the growing demand for applied economists in Scotland in the private and public sectors alike and to contribute to address some of the great economic challenges the country faces”.