What do LSE Economics graduates do?

In 2013/14, 93% of undergraduate leavers and 97% of postgraduate leavers six months after graduating from the Department of Economics were in employment, completing further study or taking time out .

The top employment sectors for Economics graduates were:

  • Consultancy
  • Education and Teaching
  • Investment Banking

The average starting salary of graduates from the Economics department in 2013/14 was £34,000 for undergraduates, and £36,900 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Economics degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Annabel Litchfield

BSc Economics, 2010Executive, Economic Advisory, EY

Balthasar van Roosendaal

(BSc) Economics and Economic History, 2009Seminarian, Community of Saint Martin

Claudio Calcagno

(MSc) Economics, 2004PhD Researcher, European University Institute

Daniel Holmes

(BSc) Economics, 2005Director of UK Investment Banking, UBS

Heeral Chhatralia

BSc Economics, 2010Analyst, Prudential Regulation Authority Transition Team, Bank of England

Laurence Allaire Jean

(MSc) Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, 2009Project Director, Centre for Inter-University Research and Analysis on Organisations (CIRANO)

Nikolai Dienerowitz

BSc Economics, 2011 Senior Consultant , Oliver Wyman

Proud Limpongpan

BSc Economics, 2010MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School

Sagar Shah

MSc Economics, 2009Researcher in Well-being Economics, New Economics Foundation

Toshi Tsutsumi

BSc Economics and MSc Politics of the World Economy, 2010Senior Associate (Engagement Manager), Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company)

Employability skills

Studying within the Economics department you will have the opportunity to develop specific subject knowledge alongside a set of highly valuable and transferable employability skills, including:

  • Analytical skills: undertaking inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Strategic thinking: conceptualising and identifying the critical issues for economies, businesses and individuals
  • Commercial and political awareness: understanding issues such as employment and the distribution of income, business cycles and growth and the different economic policies favoured by the main political parties
  • Excellent communication skills: summarising complicated information and explaining what specific statistical data demonstrates
  • Numerical skills: developing a thorough understanding of complex mathematical and statistical techniques
  • Framing and Problem-solving: becoming adept at identifying and understanding a problem, including recognising the parameters of the problem, selecting and testing evidence and subsequently constructing suitable solutions within a given time or word-limit
  • Adaptability: economists are adept at forecasting, responding to and planning for unexpected or anticipated events