Friday, June 10, 2016

The World’s Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook - Bloomberg

A less dismal future for some economists

"It was the first formal gathering of tech company economists, according to NABE Executive Director Tom Beers, and included numerous stars of the consumer Internet. The other attendees at the daylong meeting, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, had similar tales to tell. Hal Varian, the Google economist who helped develop the AdWords marketplace, was there. Keith Chen, of Uber, presented a paper on the company’s surge-pricing policy that refuted earlier research that said taxi drivers wouldn’t work in the rain. Economists from Amazon.com, Netflix, and LinkedIn elaborated on their work as well.
Later, the group headed over to AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 5-4.  
“It was like a geek dream come true,” said Nela Richardson of the real estate brokerage Redfin."
The World’s Top Economists Want to Work for Amazon and Facebook - Bloomberg
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