Inspired by Freakonomics: Erin McGuire '18 PhD (Economics)

Inspired by Freakonomics: Erin McGuire '18 PhD (Economics)

Six Questions with Erin McGuire '18 PhD (Economics)

Erin McGuire

Erin McGuire is currently a student in the Department of Economics earning her PhD in Economics. She is from Denver, Colorado and obtained her bachelor's degree at the University of Oregon. She also obtained a master's degree in economics at the University of Colorado. Check out her responses below!

Erin McGuire

Why did you choose the University of Arizona to pursue your doctoral degree?

The faculty in the Economics Department drew me to UA to pursue my doctoral degree. They are easy to work with and practice high-quality research. It seemed like obtaining a Ph.D from UA would help me to become a productive researcher. 

Why did you choose to study economics?

Ever since I read Freakonomics for AP Microeconomics in high school, I have been interested in economics. I was inspired to do research in the economics of entrepreneurship after observing the recent influx of small craft breweries in Tucson.

What professional experience has contributed to your doctoral studies?

I worked as a chemistry lab assistant in college, did an actuarial internship, and interned for a nonprofit specializing in management training. Though these are quite different from the world of academic economics, they have helped me along the way. 

What have you learned from that experience, as well as your academic studies?

Going through the PhD program has improved my research and taught me to communicate more effectively when presenting and teaching.

What does your work/life balance look like?

I work on research most days, but try to find time to run on the Loop with my dog or go to the rec center with my husband. I also really enjoy hiking in Sabino Canyon. 

What are the next steps you plan to take towards your career?

I will be going on the academic job market next year, so this summer I will be presenting at two conferences (one in France!) and improving the papers in my dissertation.

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