Dmitri Koustas is an Assistant Professor at The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He specializes in labor economics and macroeconomics, with research areas in the “future of work” and household finance. An important vein of his research focuses on measuring and understanding the reasons why households participate in alternative work arrangements like the gig economy. His research pioneers new and innovative datasets, including bank and credit card data (see “What Do Big Data Tell Us About Why People Take Gig Economy Jobs”), IRS tax returns (see his co-authored paper “Is Gig Work Replacing Traditional Employment? Evidence from Two Decades of Tax Returns” ), and direct partnerships with cities and technology companies. He is the author of multiple studies examining the labor supply of self-employed and gig economy workers. In 2019, he and Andy Garin were awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for the study, “Are Alternative Work Arrangements the Future of (Part-Time) Work? Evidence from Tax Records?”
Koustas received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.