Manager, Paris

Why did you choose Analysis Group?
After almost a decade studying economics, I wanted to be part of the real economy. In two years at Analysis Group, I’ve worked on matters related to energy, pharma, TV shows, football, insurance, yogurts, and bug repellents. AG has given me the coauthors I wished for, the data I always dreamt of, and the possibility of seeing my economic analysis in newspaper headlines.
What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
One day, I woke up and I discovered I had to be an expert of nuclear energy by the end of the week. The thrill of discovering new markets and using your skills and your creativity to get concrete solutions to real-life problems is what I enjoy the most at AG.
What do you think of the case team dynamic?
Every time we start a new case, we spend a day or more brainstorming, from the interns to the partners, to propose new ideas and new methods. However, most of our best ideas arrive during lunch breaks, when we all chat about our cases. If you fill a room with geeks and economics enthusiasts, it won’t take long before a new idea arises.
Have you had any surprises or breakthroughs since joining Analysis Group?
I have discovered how the rational paradigm does not really apply to actual economy. The real economy is messy, with incomplete data and sometimes irrational decisions. This is what makes it fun! Transferring the typical books’ models to reality is the challenge that makes this job so enjoyable.
What is it like to work in the Paris office?
We’re the newest AG office, so we have sometimes a startup vibe, with the strong support of the corporate galaxy behind us. Most importantly, we never get bored. Even in the tensest moments, we take new challenges with a smile and an open mind.
How do you find a suitable work/life balance?
My boyfriend is also a Ph.D., so he understands what it is like to be absentminded because you’re thinking about your research. Sometimes we start a show on TV, and then end up discussing the economy, philosophy, or whatever is on our minds. I also like reading microeconomics papers while I make pizza dough – it’s the best anti-stress ball you can get!
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Mario Luca

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