($UPWK), the largest freelancing website, today announced that Adam
Ozimek, Ph.D, has joined the company as Chief Economist. In this brand
new role, Ozimek will drive the company’s growing body of research and
public data releases to help better understand labor market trends and
inform future of work discussions.
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Upwork announced that Adam Ozimek, Ph.D, has joined the company as Chief Economist. (Photo: Business Wire)
Ozimek is an expert in the function of labor markets and produces
research in a broad array of economics fields, including demographics,
monetary policy, and immigration. Ozimek’s research at Upwork will help
further the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so people
have better lives. With more than 1.8 million projects happening via
Upwork every year delivering more than $1.7 billion worth of gross
services (GSV), the company has the most robust database of freelance
work data in the world.
“It’s an honor to join Upwork in this new role as Chief Economist,” said
Ozimek. “It is unique to have this much real-time detailed information
on any labor market. There are a lot of questions today about the
changing nature of work and our understanding of labor markets in
general is evolving, and I am excited to use this unparalleled data to
shed light on these issues.”
Most recently Ozimek was a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics, where
he managed U.S. demographics forecasts and research, including the U.S.
population and households forecasts. Prior to Moody’s, Ozimek was
Director of Research for Econsult Solutions, an economics consulting
firm in Philadelphia. Ozimek’s research has been cited widely in
publications including the New
York Times, Washington
Post and the Wall
Street Journal. He has also written for the Forbes Modeled Behavior
blog. Ozimek holds a PhD in economics from Temple University.
“Adam brings incredible knowledge of the labor market and we are
thrilled to have him joining our team,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of
Upwork and co-chair of the World
Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Social Contract.
“His efforts will provide invaluable insights to not only help
businesses better understand hiring trends, but also help professionals
spot emerging trends, and make our data more available to those of us
working together to create a more positive future of work.”
“I’ve long been a fan of Adam’s research. I like how he uses data and
economic reasoning to explain and clarify the labor market,” said
economist John Horton, an Upwork advisor and Assistant Professor at NYU
Stern. “I’m looking forward to seeing Adam’s skills applied to the
incredible richness and scope of Upwork’s data. I can’t think of anyone
better for this exciting role.”
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($UPWK) is the largest freelancing website. It enables businesses to
find and work with highly skilled freelancers. As an increasingly
connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work — like
software, shopping and content before it — is shifting online as well.
This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with
talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from
having to work at a set time and place. Our company’s mission is to
create economic opportunities so people have better lives.