IU Researchers Help Create Global Labor Flow Map

Updated:
IU researchers at LinkedIn HQ in 2015. (Courtesy: LinkedIn) IU researchers at LinkedIn HQ in 2015. (Courtesy: LinkedIn)
BLOOMINGTON -

A team of researchers at Indiana University is trying to determine where the next economic and geo-industrial hubs will be located using the world’s largest social network, LinkedIn. Getting rare access to the company’s data, the group created the first global map of labor flow. 

The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications.

The IU team was one of 11 initially given access in 2015 to the data for the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge. In 2017, the number was pared to two – IU and a team from MIT.

The study’s lead authors are Jaehyuk Park and Ian Wood, Ph.D. students working with Yong Yeol Ahn, a professor at the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Bloomington.

They created the map using data on 500 million people who used LinkedIn between 1990 and 2015. From that, the team found 130 million job transitions between more than four million companies. By analyzing the map, the team can get clues as to where the future economy may take society.

“We expect this study will provide a powerful foundation for further systematic analysis of geo-industrial clusters in the context of business strategy, urban economics, regional economics and international development fields — as well as providing useful insights for policymakers and business leaders,” said Jaehyuk Park, the study' lead author.

The study shows the connection between industries and regions in the U.S. and beyond. It could help policymakers understand how to address skill gaps in the labor market.

The study also may also give job seekers insight into job skills, such as team and project management, needed in the generation ahead as some industries disappear.

Click here to read a blog post from the lead author of the report.

(From left: Azadeh Nematzadeh, Michael Conover, Jaehyuk Park, Yong Yeol “Y.Y.” Ahn, Yizhi Jing and Ian Wood.)

Professor Ahn says the LinkedIn study was a great challenge.
  • Perspectives

    • Circling Back on WeWork

      Back in July when we first discussed WeWork, this fast-growing but money-losing venture was one of the most talked-about IPOs in years. At that time, we noted that it was too early to say what would happen, but “it should be very interesting to watch it all play out.” Turns out, that was a massive understatement!

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Photo courtesy of MutualBank

      MutualBank President Dies

      The President and Chief Operating Officer of Muncie-based MutalBank Pat Botts has died. In a statement on Facebook posted Sunday, the company said the passing was unexpected.

    • Artist rendering of proposed headquarters for Ruoff Home Mortgage in Fort Wayne.

      Ruoff to Build New HQ in Downtown Fort Wayne

      Fort Wayne-based Ruoff Home Mortgage has announced plans to build a $43 million corporate headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. Plans call for a 110-thousand square foot, nine-story structure, at the corner of Ewing Street and Jefferson Boulevard. The building would include leasable office and retail space, as well as a parking garage. It would overlook Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps minor league baseball team. The company is currently located on...

    • Photo courtesy of Indiana Premium outlets

      Simon Announces New Name for Shopping Center

      Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) has announced Edinburgh Premium Outlets will become Indiana Premium Outlets. The company says extensive enhancements are currently underway to reflect the new name and are slated for completion by Holiday 2019. 

    • (image provided by Purdue University)

      'PlaneEnglish' Technology Lands U.S. Air Force Funding

      Technology intended to help young pilots learn how to better communicate with air traffic controllers has caught the attention of the United States Air Force and earned the two Purdue University graduates, who developed the software, a $50,000 federal grant. The creators of the simulator technology PlaneEnglish have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research award. 

    • FDA Approves Lilly Migraine Drug

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given another approval for a drug from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY). The approval of REYVOW is for the treatment of patients with acute migraines.