R may be powerful too, but the syntax is an abomination and it's kind of slow with bigger datasets.
4 Reasons Why Economists Make Great Data Scientists (And Why No One Tells Them)
Matúš Lupták

I’ve worked with three economists in my career and had an opportunity to mentor one of them and I think that they like R much more than Python. This is not because R is easier for them to understand and grasp but it’s primarily because the way R is designed.