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PER Live Series: “Why Do Tech Companies Hire So Many Economists?”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


PER’s recurring meeting series invites finance and business thought leaders to discuss the important economic issues of our time.

Venue and Time:

This event will take place via Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 28th from 1:00PM to 2:15PM (EST). A Zoom invitation will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event. Registration details below.

This event is open to the public, but designed for Job Market Candidates and other Columbia University graduate students in Economics.





Neal GhoshNeal Ghosh, Ph.D.
Senior Manager of Economics in Corporate Development, Amazon
Neal Ghosh is a Senior Manager of Economics at Amazon, where I’ve worked the last five years. During that time he has taken on roles in Hardware & Devices, Real Estate, and now Corporate Development. Prior to Amazon, Neal Ghosh was the head economist for an online marketing start-up in Austin TX that provides patient recruiting and engagement services for clinical trials. He began his career in economic forecasting and policy analysis for Macroeconomic Advisers, a consulting firm in Saint Louis, MO. Mr. Ghosh holds a PhD in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and MS Finance & BA economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an amateur author, and have self-published multiple novels on


Todd Maurer
President, The Versatile Ph.D.; Founder at Edunomix, LLC
“Unbundling Your PhD: Strategies for the Private Sector”
Todd is a seasoned entrepreneur, corporate advisor, analyst and banker with 20+ years of experience across the US and global Emerging Markets. He is President of Versatile PhD, a leading career technology platform for many of the world’s top research universities and graduate students, Founder of Edunomix, LLC, a global advisory firm focused on knowledge industries, a Partner at Educated Ventures.
Follow on social media: @Versatilephd@td_maurer 


Sophia N. Johnson, Ph.D.
Program for Economic Research (PER), Columbia University



Registration is required. All attendees will receive a separate email with Zoom invitation details the morning of the event.

Livestream and Accessibility:
This event was livestreamed via the Economics Department’s YouTube channel. The conversation will be made accessible and provided with closed captions shortly. You can view this event via our Livestream Link or read the Full Transcript.

Code of Conduct:
By attending, all conference participants agree to abide by the event’s Code of Conduct.

Video and Photography Policy:
Portions of this conference will be live-streamed and all sessions will be video/audio taped. By registering, your attendance at or in participation in this conference constitutes your consent to the use and distribution by Columbia University of the attendee’s image or voice for informational live stream, publicity, promotional and/or reporting purposes in print or electronic communications media. Video recording by participants and other attendees during any portion of the conference is not allowed without special prior written permission. Photographs of copyrighted PowerPoint or other slides are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced or distributed. Do not photograph any such images that are labeled as confidential and/or proprietary.

This conference is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER). Please direct all questions to


Wednesday, October 28, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)
Mail Code 3308  
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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