Work Experience

I have experience in handling big datasets (wrangling, analyzing and visualizing, with Stata or R). From 2019–2022 I worked as an economist in SALDRU—looking at labour and macroeconomic trends in South Africa—as well as working 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)).

Towards the end of 2021 I decided on a slight career change away from academia, in order to get 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. Beginning in May 2022, I am starting as a Quantitative Developer at Kastelo, where I am developing algorithmic arbitrage trading strategy.

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.