Academic Job Openings Drop 6.6 Percent for Economics Ph.D.'s

December 11, 2013

Economics Ph.D.'s on the academic job market had fewer jobs to apply for in 2013 than a year earlier, according to new data from the American Economic Association.

The number of new academic job openings listed with the association fell 6.6 percent, to 1,924, in 2013. However, the number of nonacademic jobs rose slightly, from 856 to 866.

Over all the number of new jobs fell 4.3 percent in 2013, to 2,790.

Once again, employers overwhelmingly sought economists who specialize in mathematical and quantitative methods. Microeconomics, macroeconomics, and financial economics were the next most popular specialities.