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I’d like to highlight a few practices common in software engineering that may help economists perform better research more quickly, with less stress.
Some tools from software engineering may help some economists do better work, more easily. That does not imply that software engineering tools are all high-value things for economists to learn.
The point is to make economists aware of norms in another field, not turn economists into software engineers.
In software engineering a functional requirement specifies what the system should do/how it should look, etc.
Non-functional requirements—often called -ilities—specify how the system should be. For example: