Big Data for Twenty-First-Century Economic Statistics (National Bureau of Economic Research Studies in Income and Wealth #79) (Hardcover)

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Big Data for Twenty-First-Century Economic Statistics (National Bureau of Economic Research Studies in Income and Wealth #79) (Hardcover)

By Katharine G. Abraham (Editor), Ron S. Jarmin (Editor), Brian C. Moyer (Editor), Matthew D. Shapiro (Editor)

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This is book number 79 in the National Bureau of Economic Research Studies in Income and Wealth series.

The papers in this volume analyze the deployment of Big Data to solve both existing and novel challenges in economic measurement. 

The existing infrastructure for the production of key economic statistics relies heavily on data collected through sample surveys and periodic censuses, together with administrative records generated in connection with tax administration. The increasing difficulty of obtaining survey and census responses threatens the viability of existing data collection approaches. The growing availability of new sources of Big Data—such as scanner data on purchases, credit card transaction records, payroll information, and prices of various goods scraped from the websites of online sellers—has changed the data landscape. These new sources of data hold the promise of allowing the statistical agencies to produce more accurate, more disaggregated, and more timely economic data to meet the needs of policymakers and other data users. This volume documents progress made toward that goal and the challenges to be overcome to realize the full potential of Big Data in the production of economic statistics. It describes the deployment of Big Data to solve both existing and novel challenges in economic measurement, and it will be of interest to statistical agency staff, academic researchers, and serious users of economic statistics.
Katharine G. Abraham is professor of economics and survey methodology at the University of Maryland and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Ron S. Jarmin is deputy director and chief operating officer of the United States Census Bureau.

Matthew D. Shapiro is the Lawrence R. Klein Collegiate Professor of Economics and director and research professor of the Survey Research Center, both at the University of Michigan, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Product Details ISBN: 9780226801254
ISBN-10: 022680125X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: March 11th, 2022
Pages: 488
Series: National Bureau of Economic Research Studies in Income and Wealth