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The Data Revolution and Economic Analysis

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  • Liran Einav
  • Jonathan D. Levin

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Many believe that “big data” will transform business, government and other aspects of the economy. In this article we discuss how new data may impact economic policy and economic research. Large-scale administrative datasets and proprietary private sector data can greatly improve the way we measure, track and describe economic activity. They also can enable novel research designs that allow researchers to trace the consequences of different events or policies. We outline some of the challenges in accessing and making use of these data. We also consider whether the big data predictive modeling tools that have emerged in statistics and computer science may prove useful in economics.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: published as The Data Revolution and Economic Analysis , Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin. in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 14 , Lerner and Stern. 2014
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19035

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  1. big data and economic research
    by René Böheim in Econ Tidbits on 2013-05-14 05:38:00
  2. The fuss about big data
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2013-09-25 14:01:00
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  1. Christian Baker & Jeremy Bejarano & Richard W. Evans & Kenneth L. Judd & Kerk L. Phillips, 2014. "A Big Data Approach to Optimal Sales Taxation," NBER Working Papers 20130, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Avi Goldfarb & Shane Greenstein & Catherine Tucker, 2014. "Introduction to "Economics of Digitization"," NBER Chapters, in: Economics of Digitization National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Jin-Hyuk Kim & Tin Cheuk Leung, 2013. "Quantifying the Impacts of Digital Rights Management and E-Book Pricing on the E-Book Reader Market," Working Papers 13-03, NET Institute.

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