So what can a person do with a M.A. in economics? I mean this is a trading forum and it won't directly make you a better trader but for someone who wants to pursue a career as an economist in the private sector, do you really need a phd? Most phd's stay in academia from what i gather. I've seen jobs with the gov that require a masters in econ., cia for an example, but i haven't seen too many in the private sector. Anyone have any insight? Thanks!