Jafar Baig MSc Economics
Place of work: FinalMile Consulting
Jafar combined his interest in economics and psychology during his MSc, choosing to specialise in behavioural economics. He now works as an Associate at Final Mile Consulting in Mumbai, India.
How did you first become interested in economics?
When I was in school, I always wondered why we can't just print more money and give to the poor.
Why did you choose to study at the School of Economics at Nottingham?
The University of Nottingham is one of the best places in Europe to specialise in behavioural economics.
What are your fondest memories of your time at the school?
The Experimental Economics module required us to design and run a lab experiment in groups. It was a really good experience and was also fun to execute and participate in the game together.
Tell us about your career path since you graduated.
I joined Final Mile Consulting, a consulting firm that specialises in application of behavioural economics, neuroscience and psychology along with design driven solutions. A dream place to work for behavioural economics enthusiasts.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
My work deals with real behaviour of people and is both challenging and exciting.
How have your experiences at the School of Economics helped shape your career?
The experience involved doing a good amount of critical thinking and that has given me a wider view of my field.
What advice would you give to someone considering or about to start a course at the school?
Spend some time reviewing the maths content as the degree is very mathematical. Cover a range of optional modules in the second and third year to give yourself as broad a subject base as possible.
There is a lot to learn from the whole experience, don't come to conclusions too soon or get bogged down by any initial complexities.
Are you still in touch with anyone from your course?
I am still in touch my course mates who have moved on to different parts of the world and my thesis supervisor. It is nice to know how everyone else is progressing.