The profession of economist: economist in the private sector

They are heard every day in the media. And yet: who knows what economists actually do? Frequently interviewed on the news, they are rarely questioned about their profession, so the reality of their profession remains unknown. How do they work? What is the purpose of their work? In short: what is an economist?

To answer these questions, the Cité de l’économie et de la monnaie has met three economists. A series of short interviews, filmed at the end of a conference organised in the framework of the Economie aux Rendez-vous de l’histoire, enables you to concretely discover the profession of economist, from three different perspectives.

In this first video, Olivier Passet, head of economic analysis at Xerfi, presents his experience as an economist in the private sector. As a "child of the crisis", the emergence of mass unemployment and the rise of poverty played a decisive role in his career orientation. He recounts how he became convinced that getting involved in political and social life requires an understanding of economic mechanisms.

In the next videos, you will discover two other economists: Nadia Jacoby and Éric Monnet.

Source: Banque de France – Citéco/la Cité de l’économie et de la monnaie

Audience: 14 +

Language: french, subtitled in english

Length: 4’20

You can also find information on our conference on the profession of economist at the Rendez-vous de l’histoire 2016, the interview (in french) of secondary school students from the Orléans-Tours education authority on how they perceive the profession of economist, as well as our interactive timeline on the history of economic thought and our 4 cross-interviews videos "Words of economists" (in french).

Published on 12 April 2017.