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Champion Of The Week: Elakiya Ananthakrishnan

This week’s champion is an economics student at the University of Warwick and one of the current organisers of the Warwick Economics Summit.


Why did you choose to study Economics?

I actually picked Economics on a bit of a whim, I never studied it at school however there were a lot of things I knew I didn't want to be -an engineer for example. Luckily, through debating I came across Economics and it just seemed like a field that you can apply to a lot of different things including public policy, which I find really interesting.


How would you describe Economics?

A subject that provides insight into why people make certain choices.


If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give her?

I think I’d tell myself to explore a bit more, because I discovered this(economics) quite late and I think it is really what I'm interested in, so I'd tell myself to read a bit more widely about the subject.


What is your favourite part of Economics?

I like to focus on development economics, because I think it has a big impact and you can solve some really cool problems that lead to even more interesting questions.


Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?

I actually don't think I'd change too much. I didn't study economics before university, instead I studied, physics, chemistry, maths and computer science, but I think it turned out quite well, so I wouldn’t change it.



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