Technology and Big Data Are Changing Economics: Mining Text to Track Methods

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National Bureau of Economic Research
Available from: 
January 2020
Paper author(s): 
Janet Currie
Henrik Kleven
Esmée Zwiers

The last 40 years have seen huge innovations in computing technology and data availability. Data derived from millions of administrative records or by using (as we do) new methods of data generation such as text mining are now common. New data often requires new methods, which in turn can inspire new data collection. If history is any guide, some methods will stick and others will prove to be a flash in the pan. However, the larger trends towards demanding greater credibility and transparency from researchers in applied economics and a “collage” approach to assembling evidence will likely continue.


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