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When it comes to the social science subject of economics, an economist is a professional and practitioner.

A person with an economics background may also research, create, and apply economic ideas and concepts, as well as write on economic policy issues. The field of economics is divided into many sub-fields, ranging from broad philosophical theories to the focused study of minutiae within specific markets, macroeconomic analysis, microeconomic analysis, or financial statement analysis, involving analytical methods and tools such as econometrics, statistics, economic computation models, financial economics and mathematical finance, as well as mathematical economics and mathematics.