26 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2009
Date Written: May 1, 2009
The current economic crisis requires fast information to predict economic behavior early, which is difficult at times of structural changes. This paper suggests an innovative new method of using data on internet activity for that purpose. It demonstrates strong correlations between keyword searches and unemployment rates using monthly German data and exhibits a strong potential for the method used.
Keywords: Google, internet, keyword search, search engine, unemployment, predictions, time series analysis
JEL Classification: C22, C82, E17, E24, E37
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Askitas, Nikos and Zimmermann, Klaus F., Google Econometrics and Unemployment Forecasting (May 1, 2009). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 899. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1465341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1465341