Champion Of The Week: James Low
Updated: Nov 26, 2021
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 was really interested in behavioural economics, especially the psychological and human side of things. The book “Misbehaving” by Richard Thaler was really what first got me interested in the subject and then I wrote a paper on the determinants of demand for my IB which solidified my interest.
How would you describe Economics? The study of incentives.
If you had a time machine and could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give him?
I feel like this is very practical but i’d tell myself to practice lots of maths. I think having a strong mathematical foundation is very important when studying economics, so I would tell myself to make sure to do ALL my maths homework!
What is your favourite part of Economics? The interaction between economic models and identifying the differences and assumptions you have to make in economics, which is actually quite deep because there are many levels of logical reasoning to get to a working model.
Is there anything you would do differently if you had the chance?
I think I would still choose economics because I love my degree. However, I would consider doing a double major in Economics and Music because those are my two main interests.