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Student Profile: Sajid Faiz Malik

March 28, 2022
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Economics master's student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

I am a graduate student in the Economics Department. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s in Economics, and working as a Teaching Assistant. I am interested in the economies of Developing Countries, in particular their Labor Markets. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports, of which I like cricket and soccer the most. I also enjoy reading books on South Asian History.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

SFU is one of Canada’s leading research-oriented Universities. This is especially true for the Economics Department, whose faculty have publications in top economic journals. Additionally, SFU has a wonderful campus situated on a hilltop, and in one of the most livable cities in the world. With excellent facilities and a diverse student body, the University provides to foster a nourishing environment for higher education.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I use data to explore and answer economic questions. Like most applied economists, I try to search for causal relationships. An example of questions that I explore is the relationship between an individual’s earnings and their education. It is a fact that on average, people who attend college earn more than those who do not. People like me try to use survey data to see whether these individuals earn more because attending college made them more qualified, or was it simply because they were good enough to get into college?

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I'm enjoying my job as a Teaching Assistant a lot more than I thought I would. It's great to be able to interact with the undergraduate students at SFU, and I feel that I get to learn a lot from teaching them.

 

Contact : sfm3@sfu.ca

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