Jash is a PhD candidate from the University of Southampton.
Why did you choose to study economics?
I chose to study economics because it allows me to combine my passion for helping people with my love for mathematics and problem-solving. Economics is not just a subject; it's a powerful tool that enables me to understand and address real-world issues that impact individuals and societies.
Furthermore, the diversity of topics within economics is incredibly appealing. From studying consumer behaviour to delving into macroeconomic policies, each area presents a new puzzle to solve. This variety keeps me engaged and allows me to explore different facets of the discipline.
Ultimately, studying economics isn't just about numbers and theories for me; it's a dynamic field that offers the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to society. Whether it's through crafting policies that enhance well-being or understanding economic factors that influence decision-making, I see economics as a pathway to combine my skills and interests in a way that is both fulfilling and impactful.
How would you describe economics?
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of studying micro, macro, environmental, health, energy, and development economics (to name a few). Thus, economics is one of the most diverse disciplines that draws upon an arsenal of tools such as maths, statistics, coding, and machine learning to bridge the gap between theory and real-life problems.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?
I was always scared of doing maths, so my A-level maths did not go as well as I had hoped. However, by working on my self-doubt and worries at university (seeking advice from various people, e.g., friends, lecturers, and support staff), I saw that my grades went up, and I started to enjoy the maths-heavy modules. So, I suggest to my 16-year-old self to try my best instead of worrying about failure.
What is your favourite part of economics?
The fact that it is such a broad subject- in other words, almost anything with a cost/benefit can be studied by an economist. For example, my research is on the impacts of climate change on international migration. Putting this differently, I don’t think there is any other subject in the world capable of studying- health, environment, migration, poverty, and so much more.
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
Worry less and focus more on enjoying the subject.