Kaine is an Economist at Capital Economics, a macroeconomic research and consultancy firm. He has previously worked as an Economist at HM Treasury, where he focused on living standards and poverty analysis.
Why did you choose to study economics?
I think there are two reasons. First, I have always enjoyed maths. However, when I was beginning to decide what I wanted to study at University, I wanted to choose a subject which used maths and applied to solve and understand real-world issues and Economics is a perfect subject that allowed me to do this! Second, Economics is a subject which is so fundamental to the world around us – it impacts everyone. This was something that definitely appealed to me as a subject to study.
How would you describe economics?
For me, it is understanding the resources that we have in the world, how they are allocated and why.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Be curious. Don’t worry about getting things wrong, just make sure that if you do make mistakes (which you will... we all do!!) that you learn from it.
What is your favourite part of economics?
I like how almost everything has a link back to Economics in some way and can often be explained through Economics, and that it can be used to answer big, important questions. For example, why are some countries richer than others? Why has the cost of living been rising so much recently?
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
Explored the opportunity of doing a university course which allowed me to study abroad for a year. A lot of my friends who did it have said it was the best thing they did.