IZA World of Labor role
Director of Data and Technology, IZA, Germany
Labor economics, forecasting, big data, ICT and digitization, game theory, non linear dynamics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Expert for new sources of data for digital TVET in developing countries, PARIS21 and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
IRSDACE: Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy, European Commission—DG Employment.
Online talent platforms, labor market intermediaries and the changing world of work, EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC), World Employment Confederation-Europe, UNI-Europa.
Expedition Unternehmen, Social Media im Mittelstand 2012−2013, BMWi.
Speaker of the German Data Research Centers at the German Data Forum (RatSWD) 2012−2014.
PhD Mathematics, Indiana University, 1994
“Big Data is a big deal but how much data do we need.” AStA Wirtschafts-und Sozialstatistisches Archi 10:2–3 (2016): 113–125.
“Trend-spotting in the housing market.” Cityscape 18:2 (2016): 165–178.
“Predicting road conditions with internet search.” PloS ONE 11:8 (2016).
"The internet as a data source for advancement in social sciences." International Journal of Manpower 36:1 (2015): 2–12 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
“Nowcasting business cycles using toll data.” Journal of Forecasting 32:4 (2013): 299–306 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
Google search activity data and breaking trends
Google search activity data are an unconventional survey full of unbiased, revealed answers in need of the right questionNikolaos Askitas, November 2015Using Google search activity data can help detect, in real time and at high frequency, a wide spectrum of breaking socio-economic trends around the world. This wealth of data is the result of an ongoing and ever more pervasive digitization of information. Search activity data stand in contrast to more traditional economic measurement approaches, which are still tailored to an earlier era of scarce computing power. Search activity data can be used for more timely, informed, and effective policy making for the benefit of society, particularly in times of crisis. Indeed, having such data shifts the relation between theory and the data to support it.MoreLess