Work Experience

I have experience in handling big datasets (wrangling, analyzing and visualizing, with Stata or R). From 2019 onwards, I have worked as an economist in SALDRU—looking at labour and macroeconomic trends in South Africa. I also worked for a behavioural economics consultancy. Through this experience, and my post-graduate Economics courses, I am a proficient statistician, with an understanding of survey design and time series forecasting. My research simulating earnings cuts during the covid-19 lockdown fed into the national policy debate on the furlough scheme (the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS)).

I have experience with Tableau, GitHub, Office, Teams, SharePoint, and Google Workspace.

Towards the end of 2021, I sought industry experience with data skills and computing. From Jan–May 2022, I worked in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, as a Junior Data Visualization Developer at DataOrbis (a data analytics company). In that role, I used Tableau to edit and refresh business intelligence (BI) dashboards for retail manufacturers, so that they could constantly observe how their products were performing in the market. From May–July 2022, I practiced arbitrage on the cryptocurrency market, using Python.

From August 2022, I returned to academia, undertaking labour economic research, under SALDRU. I am researching occupational trends, for a PhD, and analyzing tax data, to contribute to policy advice on social insurance. I assist with research on the side, by analyzing or tidying data.

Education

Courses

I have done introductory courses in Python and SQL (e.g. on DataCamp), and currently my aim is to work through the Microsoft Azure Data Engineer Associate Certification. My Microsoft Documentation profile is https://docs.microsoft.com/en-za/users/aidanhorn

University of Cape Town

BSocSci BCom(Hons) MCom Cape Town

Feb 2019 – March 2020: Master of Commerce in Economics

Econometrics, Microeconometrics, Labour Economics, Macroeconomics, Game Theory, Information Economics, Mathematical Economics. Dissertation: Teacher Remuneration in South Africa.

2018: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics

Econometrics, Development Economics, Policy Analysis, Labour Economics, International Finance, Behavioural Economics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Economics. Dissertation: The youth wage subsidy in South Africa.

2014–2017: Bachelor of Social Science (Economics, Mathematics)

3rd year level: Mathematics, Economics (Micro, Macro, Labour, Econometrics), Public Policy.

2nd year level: Mathematics, Economics (Micro, Macro, Development Economics), Public Policy & Administration.

1st year level: Mathematics, Public Administration, Economics, Sociology, Social Development, Statistics, Psychology, Environmental Science, Information Systems.