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Nov 7, 2010

For the most part, the work will be more quantitative than the strategy work at MBB. You may be asked to do a real options valuation for a company that is interested in developing an oil field, for example, or sift through lots of data and apply econometrics.

It will likely involve less travel than MBB as well.

Also, I would be glad to answer any specific ec consulting questions over PM.

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Aug 6, 2013

I understand it will be dependent on the firm, but can you comment on the general percentage of strategy consulting done at econ consulting compared to litigation-based cases?

Nov 7, 2010

Many of the business consulting practices at those firms will still do a significant amount of litigation work. As Hayek mentioned, even the strategy consulting is quant/data driven. Expect fairly complex modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, conjoint analysis, etc. applied to business issues -- kind of cool in that regard... but "qual" strategy could be improved. I've noticed decent-but at times shallow-industry knowledge -- leadership even within business practices are typically economists by technical training.

"Expert-model" culture pervasive even in business consulting practices. What this means is that junior staff stick around for 2-4 years and go back to school. As such, not a lot of focus on developing the junior staff to be managers or partners. I noticed low client interaction, little presentation of deliverables, very little travel to client site. Very collegial and fun culture within the junior-levels, though.

Compensation (base and bonus) is on par with the lower end of industry.

Prestige, high amongst econ consulting shops, low recognition outside of that circle, and virtually non-existent with laypersons. All feed into top schools (multiple HSW/Top 10 per year).

PM me with more specifics if you have other questions.

Aug 6, 2013

- Would you say the lack of qualitative side is a problem in Econ consulting then?

I am very interested in the econ consulting field. Ironically, my issue with management consulting type of work is their lack of quantitative analysis. Their proposals are more often concept-based (aka good on paper) than not.

- Can you also comment on the percentage of strategy consulting done at econ consulting compared to litigation-based cases?

Aug 6, 2013
OutlierZ:

I understand it will be dependent on the firm, but can you comment on the general percentage of strategy consulting done at econ consulting compared to litigation-based cases?

It's impossible to generalize this, of the econ consulting firms that do business consulting, it will vary widely based on office. Pretty small % overall though, but it's really on an office by office basis.

Aug 6, 2013

From what I've seen mostly the bigger firms (NERA, Cornerstone and such) that handle the strategy cases if at all. Smaller firms tend to just focus on litigation cases. Would you agree?

Aug 6, 2013
OutlierZ:

From what I've seen mostly the bigger firms (NERA, Cornerstone and such) that handle the strategy cases if at all. Smaller firms tend to just focus on litigation cases. Would you agree?

Probably. But again, it's really firm by firm.

Aug 7, 2013
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