“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.”

- Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google


Economics Unchained is a research cluster for young researchers working with ‘unconventional’ sources of data. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of creative ideas in the field of information extraction and unconventional data sources (yes, we think that BIG DATA is nothing but a buzzword).

Big Data is Not About the Data!

- Gary King, Harvard

Quite right! It is about the IDEA behind it. Potential sources of data are everywhere. But it takes smart and creative minds to turn them into something useful. You could forecast demographic transitions with business data from LinkedIn, or see how Behavioural Economics has emerged from Economics and Psychology with text mining. You could predict individual risks of mental illness, with the help of facebook profiles, or monitor how ideas spread around the world with the use of wikipedia. Possibilites are endless. Economics Unchained gives young researchers working with unconventional data sources and information extraction the opportunity to exchange ideas, create new networks or to find funding for their research. You will find yourself among a community of young researchers in economics, statistics, demography, medicine, sociology (to name a few), get feedback on your work, inspire others… and the best thing, it is for FREE!

You are a young researcher engaged in information extraction research and unconventional data, and you think that your idea has what it takes to be “unchained”, then contact us or directly upload your research abstract!



Here is our community of young data researchers. Send us your recent work, if you want to join them!


Economics Unchained is a network of scholars around the world who build their research on ‘unconventional’ sources of data. But what do we mean with ‘unconventional’? Unlike, ‘conventional’ data, ‘unconventional’ data has never been intended to serve as a source for data research. We particularly encourage young scholars to present their work in progress. Unlike most other research portals, Economics Unchained is a place where you can really improve your ideas by the feedback of your junior colleagues.

Particularly young master and PhD students have a hard time in promoting their ideas and submitting their research successfully to journals. We give them a helping hand in many ways. Young scholars can join our research clusters online or in one of our hubs around the globe and work together on their ideas. We give them the opportunity to present their work in progress online, too. Out scholarship scheme aims at young graduate students and promotes the best ideas. Come, join a community of young creative minds, just like you, and get feedback on your work.

If you think that your data research has what it takes to be “unchained” and you would like to join our community, then continue and submit your research summary of maximum 1,500 words. You will get a first feedback within 24 hours! Once accepted, your article will be made available online within ONE WEEK to researchers from all over the world. Economics Unchained will give you the chance to present your research online and on events at partner universities. Plus, you will receive a free two-pager of your article with great looks for free.


Fabian StephanyFabian Stephany is a PhD student at University of Cambridge and Vienna University of Economics and Business. He holds economics degrees from Mannheim University and Bocconi University in Milan. Fabian has been working as a junior consultant for the OECD and in several other public and private companies. His research is about data analysis for social capital and diffusion of ideas. Once, he walked 200 kilometres in four days, but he still wants more…
admin-ajax.phpFabian Braesemann is a PhD student at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He graduated in Economics at Technische Universität and Humboldt University in Berlin. Fabian has been working for the German Federal Bank and the WifOR Research Institute. His research is focused on data mining and network analysis. He can do 1,000 burpies in a row, if you ask him kindly…