Mei Lau is an Economics Manager at KPMG.
Why did you choose to study economics?
I was interested in Politics and Business, and Economics was a subject that complemented these areas well and helped explain a lot of things that happen in those spheres, so it made sense. I ended up studying Economics and Politics at university.
How would you describe economics?
Economics provides a framework to help think about how different stakeholders (whether that’s individuals or firms) interact with each other and what drives their decisions.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give them?
It’ll be fine in the end.
What is your favourite part of economics?
My favourite part would have to be how it can be applied to many different issues, from traditional macro topics like inflation, through to more novel applications such as music streaming (a topic that I’ve worked on!).
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
I spent a few years in a non-economics role after graduating and in hindsight, maybe I should have taken a bit more time to consider what my choices were. Having said that, I still learnt a lot and had some great experiences in my first job. It just wasn’t a long term thing for me.