Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Daniel Altman, Instawork Chief Economist

Recent Posts

See No Labor, Hear No Labor

See No Labor, Hear No Labor

This article was originally published by the Wall Street Journal on February 8, 2022 and updated with new data on April 1, 2022.

Hourly workers fall off the government’s radar as they shift from
traditional payrolls to flexible apps.

Can Flexible Work Close the Gender Pay Gap?

Can Flexible Work Close the Gender Pay Gap?

Key takeaways

  • Online platforms for flexible work, like Instawork, may eliminate gender gaps in hourly pay, since rates are set before shifts are booked.
  • In fact, we find no significant gender gaps in hourly pay across the wide range of roles and regions we serve.
  • Because women receive slightly higher ratings on our platform for shifts worked in a variety of roles, an implication of equity in pay is that they offer better value to businesses.
Introducing data on hourly pay from Instawork

Introducing data on hourly pay from Instawork

Every day, the Instawork platform handles thousands of transactions involving businesses and hourly professionals, generating a huge amount of data on hourly pay as well as other aspects of the labor market. Because hourly professionals represent more than half of the American workforce, an up-to-date picture of trends in their pay can be a useful tool for businesses, investors, and the professionals themselves. 

Does the Super Bowl boost the local economy?

Does the Super Bowl boost the local economy?

The Super Bowl is the biggest single-day sporting event of the year in the United States, and estimates of the economic boost for metro areas that host the game run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. This year the game is at Inglewood's SoFi Stadium, and we've been tracking economic activity in the area for the Instawork Economic Research Newsletter.

Covid-19 and local businesses in real time

Covid-19 and local businesses in real time

As the Omicron variant continues to spread in many parts of the country, the Instawork Economic Research Division has been using our proprietary labor market data to understand the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on decisions taken by businesses and hourly professionals in real time.

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