The real reason I went into economics

They teach you a lot of things when you study economics: about marginal cost, incentives, dynamic optimization, etc.

But up until now, the real reason for why people study economics had been a closely held secret known only to economists — kept carefully hidden away from the hoi polloi.

Well, it turns out Joey Cheek, of all people, is the one who blew the secret. You may remember Joey Cheek as a gold medal speed skater from the Winter Olympics. It turns out he is also quite smart. He was admitted to Yale, Princeton, and Stanford. (Harvard, however, turned him down.)

Parade magazine quotes Cheek as saying that he plans to study economics. And then he goes on to blow the secret we economists have so carefully guarded for all these years. He plans to study economics because “that’s what gets the chicks.”

(My wife Jeannette adds that I am living proof.)


melissa

When I declared an economics major, I admittedly thought some of my male economics professors were really quite attractive and even noticed my female professors had some good looking husbands.

dachisb

That's because economists do it with models!

shining

Then why do women study econ?

Speedmaster

LOL! I've taken a lot of econ classes, and as I looked around the room, it looked only marginally better than the computer science classes! ;-)

Chris
http://amateureconblog.blogspot.com/

Monkeydarts

On the other hand...

Dave Meleney

He doesn't say the othere econ students are hot.... he says they know how to (or have what it takes to)get the chicks. Which is a lot more interesting, no?

StCheryl

I think he's confusing economics and finance. Just a thought.

kkwan

'Tis true.
I went to Yale.
Majored in Economics.
Met my wife in Macro.
I got my BA, she got a MRS.

ciara86

I can testify that it doesn't work the other way around. I'm a girl studying Financial Maths and Economics and when I tell men this they PHYSICALLY

ciara86

I can testify that it doesn't work the other way around. I'm a girl studying Financial Maths and Economics and when I tell men this they PHYSICALLY step away from me....

tim in tampa

when I tell men this they PHYSICALLY step away from me….

That's funny, I've been looking for an econ major my whole life.

You're talking to the wrong men, I think :-)

Newfred

I put this down to an apparent predeliction amongst British economists for long hair in extravagant styles, evidenced by the economics correspondents for all major UK networks.

Grant

I never thought this concept to be the case in my economics class...

Of course, what do I know? I'm just an engineer.

ciara86

That's probably true but until I start talking to the right men I'm going to keep on pretending I study nursing :)

zbicyclist

So, who are the top 10 sexiest economists?

Photo link must accompany nomination.

Any sex or sexual orientation is eligible.

As Levitt is in Chicago the "vote early, vote often" rule can be used.

kkwan

Dear God, I hope no one includes Greenspan.

jcl

Note that in "A Beautiful Mind," John Nash uses game theory to conclude that he can get the most beautiful woman in the room.

synapticmisfires

"That's because economists do it with models!"

dachisb--You just made my day.

Harimau

ciara86, i kind of know how you feel. I'm a (male) actuarial studies student, and almost half the girls i meet always take a physical step back every time i tell them i do actuarial studies. Suddenly they don't seem as interested before...

Does this happen to economics students as well?

Leviathan

woe is you.
try getting a masters in accounting.
It works like magic when you're out on saturday night.
I guess I have to back to school.
Again.