Nikolaos Askitas

IZA, Germany

Often in applied social science we provide answers, which policymakers do not ask, and we fail to adequately research some of their more pressing questions. There is obviously a divide between the demand for knowledge and its supply, which needs bridging. In my view in the case of Labor Economics, IZA World of Labor is the answer to this discrepancy and I am happy to have a chance to contribute

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Director of Data and Technology, IZA, Germany

Research interest

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

Selected publications

  • “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).