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Introducing Svenja Gudell: Indeed Hiring Lab’s New Chief Economist

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I am excited to join Indeed as its new Chief Economist and to lead the Indeed Hiring Lab – a global team of researchers – as we continue to drive the global labor market conversation. Over the last 10 years, in my previous role as Chief Economist at Zillow, I have explored and explained the real estate market. Now, I will turn my focus to the global labor market. 

The labor market and the housing market are very much intertwined, and people’s needs on both fronts are interrelated. To find a job, it helps having a steady address — a place to call home. Meanwhile, to find a home, it helps having a steady income, typically from employment. I look forward to using my knowledge on both fronts to be able to drive thought leadership and empower my team.

We live in interesting times, and I find myself particularly drawn to both how labor markets around the world and the ways many of us work are changing. We will look back 20 to 30 years from now and mark this as the moment that gave pre-existing trends, like automation and remote work for some industries, more momentum and forced change. I think we will find that some trends will shift less than we think they might, and others will leapfrog. It’s part of what makes it so exciting to be an economist today. I am thrilled to be able to use Indeed’s rich data to answer difficult questions and to tell informative and fascinating stories. With this research, the team and I will continue to help consumers and policy makers make better decisions and inform them of trends and current market conditions.

As I look ahead, I am excited by the opportunity to dive deep into topics on labor markets around the world and the economy as a whole. I believe that data, transparency, and unbiased, data-driven storytelling have the power to drive change and impact people’s lives and their decisions. Now, I help people get jobs.