Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Aaron Sojourner, and I have a model to predict unemployment insurance claims using Google Trends data. Statistics on unemployment, employment to population ratios, and labor force participation come out monthly, usually two to three weeks after the reference period ends. To facilitate a more-current view of changes in the labor market, we aim to forecast official UI initial claims statistics. Data and code available here.

Jennifer Doleac and I are investigating the representation of under-represented minorities and females in economics seminar speakers. We're in the process of collecting and coding more data, but preliminary results are available online.