Analyzing employment trends through cell phone data

Policymakers now have another tool in their arsenal to help recognize and respond quickly to economic shocks. A new research study co-authored by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor Daniel Shoag finds that call detail records (CDRs) from mobile phones can provide analysts with a fairly accurate understanding of localized or even regionalized employment and unemployment trends in close to real time. “Tracking employment shocks using mobile phone data” is published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. —> Read More