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Quant career?


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Is it possible to get a job as a quant with a phd in economics (financial economics)? Also is a regular finance phd acceptable? Thanks.


1) What determines whether someone is labeled a "quant" or "too theoretical" ( in terms of skill set).

2) Could you give ball park figures on what theoreticals make as opposed to "real" quants?


Quant Headhunter
There is not a clear boundary here.
I talk to people who have "quantitative analyst" on their business card whose work is essentially looking after a few buggy spreadsheets.
Nor is it constant over from one month to the next where "theoretical" quants can be debugging C++ or sigting through data, or puzzling out some hard maths.

Some quants aren't called that, instead labelled as "strategist", but of course many strats aren't quants. Senior quants often don't have this in the job title.

You need to look not only at the work they describe, but at your future bosses and peers to get a better feel for what work you are signing up for.


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Basically my question is would an economics or finance phd disqualify from being considered, provided that I can demonstrate the necessary tech skills?

In terms of my definition, I am most interested in the front office trading desk quant positions, and the stat arbitrage. Thanks.


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My personal opinion is that a PhD in Economics would be a big plus. I expect that most traders have a lack of understanding of economics and someone with that understanding could benefit a trading desk a lot. What do quants know about the IS LM curves anyway.