IZA World of Labor role
Director of Data and Technology, IZA, Germany
Labor economics, forecasting, big data, ICT and digitization, game theory
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
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
“The internet as a data source for advancement in social sciences.” International Journal of Manpower 36:1 (2015): 2–12 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
“Health and well-being in the great recession.” International Journal of Manpower 36:1 (2015): 26–47 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
“Social Media: eine technologische und ökonomische Perspektive.” In: Rogge, C., and R. Karabasz (eds). Social Media im Unternehmen – Ruhm oder Ruin. Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer Vieweg, 2014.
“Nowcasting business cycles using toll data.” Journal of Forecasting 32:4 (2013): 299–306 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
“Google econometrics and unemployment forecasting.” Applied Economics Quarterly 55:2 (2009): 107–120 (with K. F. Zimmermann).
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