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Do theoretical economists exist?

Artielo
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10/21/2015 4:34:45 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I was wondering if the profession theoretical economist exist. Just like there is a profession (if its noted as a profession) for theoretical physicist and theoretical mathematician. If there is so, would you need a degree in economics to achieve that profession or perhaps a degree in mathematical economics?
Insignifica
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10/22/2015 1:34:40 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/21/2015 4:34:45 PM, Artielo wrote:
I was wondering if the profession theoretical economist exist. Just like there is a profession (if its noted as a profession) for theoretical physicist and theoretical mathematician. If there is so, would you need a degree in economics to achieve that profession or perhaps a degree in mathematical economics?

All economists are theoretical. Even the ones who try to use hard evidence just "control for confounding variables" until the data matches their theoretical models. I believe it's formally referred to as "econometrics", and that all students pursuing a phD in general economics are taught it.