Agustín Indaco

I am an Assistant Professor in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. My research interests lie in the intersection of applied microeconomics and big data. I am particularly interested in predicting economic activity through data collected from social media. I am also interested in studying how humans adapt and react to climate change.

I was previously an Adjunct Professor in microeconomics at Baruch College as well as Research Fellow for Lev Manovich at the Cultural Analytics Lab. I also served as Visiting Faculty at Strelka Institute for The New Normal postgraduate program and as a Junior Professional Associate at The World Bank. I have been a consultant at IBM and The World Bank.


  • New working paper, together with Francesc Ortega, where we show that population in high-risk counties in the US have grown disproportionately over the last few decades, even relative to the corresponding commuting zone.
  • Our research on migration and natural hazards was highlighted in this newspaper article.
  • My research on estimating GDP using Twitter data was covered in The Economist.

Data Projects

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We use a unique dataset of 270 million image tweets to analyze the growth of image sharing around the world in relation to economic, geographic, and demographic differences.

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We analyze 7.5 million Instagram images shared in Manhattan to measure  differences in sharing between parts of a city.

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This interactive installation represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.


  • Ph.D. 2019

    Ph.D. in Economics

    CUNY, The Graduate Center

  • M.S. 2010

    M.S. in Economics

    Universidad de San Andrés

  • Licenciatura 2009

    Licenciatura in Economics

    Universidad de Buenos Aires

Selected Positions

  • Present2019

    Assistant Professor

    Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

  • 20182017



  • 20182014

    PhD Research Fellow

    Cultural Analytics Lab

  • 20122010

    Junior Professional Associate

    The World Bank