It is interesting to see the sort of boffin that tech giants are looking to hire these days. MSR is looking to hire a postdoc in “Algorithmic Economics”.
Here is the text of the add:
Market design, the engineering arm of economics, benefits from an
understanding of computation: complexity, algorithms, engineering
practice, and data. Conversely, computer science in a networked world
benefits from a solid foundation in economics: incentives and game
Increasingly, online service design teams require dual expertise in
social science and computer science, adding competence in economics,
sociology, and psychology to more traditionally recognized
requirements like algorithms, interfaces, systems, machine learning,
and optimization. Our researchers combine expertise in computer
science and economics to bridge the gap between modeling human
behavior and engineering web-scale systems.
Scientists with hybrid expertise are crucial as social systems of all
types move to electronic platforms, as people increasingly rely on
programmatic trading aids, as market designers rely more on
equilibrium simulations, and as optimization and machine learning
algorithms become part of the inner loop of social and economic
Application areas include auctions, crowdsourcing, gaming, information
aggregation, machine learning in markets, market interfaces, market
makers, monetization, online advertising, optimization, polling,
prediction engines, preference elicitation, scoring rules, and social
2 thoughts on “Microsoft Research looking to hire expert in “Algorithmic Economics””
No doubt the intersection between social sciences and comp. sci. / engineering is a rich one, (especially for economics which has been pursuing so many dead paths for a long time).
One interesting question, though, is what kind of educational institution prepares people for these previously unimagined hybrids?
I must fess up to expecting that continuous education will gain reality, rapid prototyping will apply to education, and you will see job ads for ‘renaissance men’ of the da Vinci calibre coming from tech giants in the future (won’t be MS, sorry). In any event they won’t be ads. They will know you are a da Vinci type, and get in touch with you before you enter your late teens?
this is essentially what I study as an undergrad