I'm a 16-year-old writing a "report" for myself to understand how a human being like myself can live their best life and wanted to gather multiple perspectives, one being of an economist. If it's not a hassle, and if you have the time, I would love it if you could answer the following questions.
1. How do you personally live your best life?
2. What are some challenges you face as an economist?
3. Is there something that keeps you moving forward?
4. How advantageous is it to have the support of others?
5. Are you always motivated to do things or does it require discipline?
6. Anything else you'd like to share?
How do you personally live your best life?
I live my best life by doing what I enjoy daily. That is researching and teaching economics. When you do what you love, it’s hardly working. In addition, I love going to conferences, where I can present my work to my peers from other institutions, see old friends, make new friends, and explore a new city/country every time.
What are some challenges you face as an economist?
In my opinion, the most prominent challenge economists face is handling the misinformation spread across the web about many important topics in economics. Good science communication practices are essential in effectively disseminating our work and making economic notions simple and understandable to everybody.
Is there something that keeps you moving forward?
My love for research and transferring knowledge to other people keeps me going. I want to always get to the “truth” of things and communicate it in the best way possible. In addition, I firmly believe that economists should serve society by suggesting inclusive and equitable solutions to real-life problems to increase social prosperity.
How advantageous is it to have the support of others?
The support of others is essential in everything you set to do. Economics could not be an exception, and having the support of your peers, mentors, and institution is key to a successful career. Family and friends are equally important!
Are you always motivated to do things, or does it require discipline?
Despite my inner motivation to succeed and excel and the productivity that stems from that, I believe that discipline is key in avoiding stress and maintaining a good balance between work and personal life.