What’s the Sexiest Trade Alive?

Posted on 20. Dec, 2005 by in News

Nope. Guess again.

According to Newsweek the sexiest trade alive is economics. They cite the fact that economics is the hottest degree at Harvard and NYU and the number of econ majors is up some 40% over the past five years. And the biggest reason? Angelina Jolie. Last fall she teamed with leading economist Jeffrey Sachs in an MTV documentary about Kenya’s economy. That’s hot.

Seriously though, what sparked the trend? It seems to be a mystery—even to the number crunchers.

“We’d like to say it’s because economics is so interesting and because economists are so handsome and intelligent,” says John Siegfried, an econ professor at Vanderbilt University. “But there’s no good answer.”

It seems as though that the bestselling book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner played a large part in glorifying the profession and making it seem more interesting than ever previously thought. I’ve personally read the book and found it to be very insightful and extremely interesting – there’s no wonder it’s on the bestsellers list. It’s also no wonder that that book, along with others, has sparked such an interest in economics. Since the U.S. economy is becoming more global every day, a firm understanding of economics – especially macro economics – is important to understanding day-to-day business transactions.

So the next time you think that you have the sexiest job – think again.

Freakonomics, Economy, Economist

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