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Daniel  Altman

Daniel Altman

Chief Economist at Instawork & Strategy Expert


Daniel Altman is the chief economist at Instawork, the leading online marketplace for flexible work across the United States and Canada. Sitting at the intersection of technology and the labor market, Daniel is an expert at forecasting and explaining changes in the overall economy, as well as spotting regional trends. Daniel has presented to corporate and financial audiences around the world on topics ranging from global economics and investment tactics to staffing strategies and performance analytics, drilling down from the macro view to the micro decisions that make markets move. Read More >

Daniel received his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard and then wrote columns on the staffs of The Economist and The New York Times. He later served as an economic advisor in the British government. After a stint as director of thought leadership at Dalberg, a global consulting firm focused on international development, he became senior editor for economics at Foreign Policy. Along the way, Daniel authored four books on economics, including the international bestseller Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy.

Daniel currently writes columns on business and economics for Forbes and Entrepreneur, as well as appearing regularly on a variety of news and financial programs. He also consults on a private basis for investment banks and funds. His dynamic approach brings data to life, distilling the huge amount of information generated by the economy into actionable insights. A former member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dan has lived and worked on four continents and is comfortable making presentations in English and Spanish. Read Less ^

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Economic Outlook: From the Global Picture to the Nuts & Bolts

Daniel Altman offers an essential panorama of the economy with a focus suited to each audience. From the challenges facing global economic superpowers to forecasts for growth and labor markets in specific industries, Dan brings a deep understanding built on decades of experience analyzing data and trends. He places the everyday concerns of executives and managers into the broader context of the economy to create a clear-eyed and coherent view of the future.

Cosmic Investing: The Trends Driving Returns in the Very Long Term

Daniel Altman's international bestseller, "Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy", was an incredibly prescient look at the economy. A decade after its publication, virtually all of his predictions – from China's economic slowdown to the breakup of the European Union, from the rise of remote work to the world's failure to confront climate change – have come true. What does he predict for the decade to come?

AI & the Labor Force: What Does the Future Hold?

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence have captured the imagination of some people while making others fear for their jobs. Yet as Daniel Altman explains, the effects of AI on the labor force are likely to be subtler and more complex than they might first appear. As chief economist at Instawork, an online marketplace that uses AI to match workers with businesses for flexible shifts, he has cutting-edge insights on this incipient labor market revolution.

Flexible, Hybrid, Remote, or All of the Above? Navigating the Labor Market's Transformation

Daniel Altman is one of the pioneers in analyzing the new portfolio approach to staffing. As the labor market transforms itself across both space and time, companies are getting to grips with the notion that traditional full-time jobs may soon be a thing of the past. But this transformation can have huge benefits, too, for companies that diversify their options in the labor market to reduce multiple risks.

Winning in the Labor Market: Meeting the Challenges of Attracting and Retaining Staff

As chief economist of Instawork, the leading online marketplace for flexible labor, Daniel Altman has a unique and valuable perspective on the strategies businesses use to recruit and keep workers. Using underlying trends in the workforce, he identifies untapped sources of labor as well as those with diminishing returns. He also draws on exclusive data from surveys and labor market transactions to gauge the success of a wide range of approaches, from increases in pay and bonuses to training, benefits, flexible schedules, and even commuting time.