I am a data scientist and economist currently looking for my next challenge. I am particularly interested in the economics of technology, creativity, innovation and growth.
I am also an author, with a deep interest in how data and quantitative analysis shapes society.
My first book, The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations from the Ancient World to the Modern Age was published in March 2020. It has been covered favorably in the pages of The Economist, the New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal; as well as by CBS, WNYC, and numerous other outlets.
I have written on the census for the New York Times, Time and Wired. I was invited to testify on the census before a public hearing of the New Jersey Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee.
Previously, I worked as a Data Scientist in the Development Data Group (part of the Chief Economist’s Vice Presidency) at the World Bank, where I studied on all kinds of data questions (and occasionally co-host a podcast).
Before that, I worked on the Big Data program in the Innovation Labs of the World Bank. This article in the New York Times gives a friendly background to the work I was doing in the Innovation Labs.
Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow at Nesta, the UK’s innovation think tank.
My academic background combines economics, statistics and computer science. I completed my doctoral research in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. My research was in time series econometrics.