Washington D.C. – The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) today announced that Dr. Adam Ozimek, Chief Economist at Upwork ($UPWK), the leading online talent solution, has joined its Economic Advisory Board, where he will help inform the organization’s work on issues such as labor market dynamism, geographic inequality, and access to capital for struggling communities. 

“Adam is one of the most creative and insightful thinkers in the country on issues that are core to EIG’s mission,” said EIG President and CEO John Lettieri. “His expertise will be invaluable to our ongoing research and policy work, and we couldn’t be more appreciative to have him as part of our Economic Advisory Board.” 

“I am honored to join EIG’s Economic Advisory Board,” said Ozimek. “As a longtime admirer of EIG’s work on geographic inequality and the decline of dynamism in the U.S., I am eager to help address these important issues. I look forward to joining an outstanding team of experts and advisors who share an interest in this mission.”

Dr. Ozimek was the lead author of a recent EIG report, From Managing Decline to Building the Future,” which revealed how unprecedented demographic challenges are impacting regional economies through the housing market, local government finances, and depressed rates of business dynamism. The report proposed a new type of place-based policy — the “Heartland Visa” — as an innovative solution for connecting skilled immigrants to welcoming communities. The findings were widely cited and the Heartland Visa concept was endorsed by key policymakers, academics, and private sector stakeholders across the country, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

At Upwork, Dr. Ozimek leads the development of research in labor market trends and the future of work. Before joining Upwork in May 2019, Ozimek was a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics, where he managed U.S. demographics research and forecasts. Previously, he served as Director of Research for Econsult Solutions, a Philadelphia-based economics consulting firm. Ozimek’s research has been widely cited in leading publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ozimek holds a Ph.D. in economics from Temple University.      

About the Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is an ideas laboratory and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance solutions that empower entrepreneurs and investors to forge a more dynamic American economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and led by an experienced, bipartisan team, EIG convenes leading experts from the public and private sectors, develops original policy research, and works to advance creative legislative proposals that will bring new jobs, investment, and economic growth to communities across the nation.  For more information, visit eig.org.

About EIG’s Economic Advisory Board
EIG’s Economic Advisory Board is comprised of internationally recognized experts from an array of prominent think tanks, academic institutions, and private sector organizations. They have advised top policymakers, presidential candidates, advocacy groups, labor unions, and business associations. In their role with EIG, these experts contribute ideas, author research, and provide unbiased, expert advice to the organization. Their affiliation should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any specific idea, and they may, of course, individually dissent on any issue.


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