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Jed Kolko is a Terner Center Affiliate. He previously served as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce until February 2024. He was the Chief Economist at Indeed, the world’s #1 online jobs site. Jed specializes in using large-scale proprietary and publicly available datasets to uncover insights about labor markets, the future of work, demographics, housing markets, and urban trends.

Previously he was Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate marketplace; Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, focusing on economic, housing and technology policies; and Vice President and Research Director at Forrester, the technology research consultancy. He has also held positions at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (now FHFA), the World Bank, and the Progressive Policy Institute.

Jed earned his AB in social studies and his PhD in economics at Harvard University. He lives in San Francisco and can be reached via his website (, Twitter (@jedkolko), or LinkedIn.