LinkedIn Data Helps to Create the First-Ever Global Map of Labor Flow

LinkedIn and Indiana University have published what they are calling “the first ever map of global labor flow.” The research – which was published in August’s issue of Nature Communications – used a massive amount of LinkedIn employment history data to build a labor flow network.

The research examined geographically defined groups of interconnected firms called “geo-industrial clusters” – e.g. Silicon Valley (for technology companies) or Hollywood (for the film industry). The authors argue that prior research used poorly defined notions of geo-industrial clusters and relied on limited empirical data, mostly leaving the research to focus on case studies rather than conducting systemic analyses.

Author: Oliver Peckham

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