Making Drill Down Analysis of the Economy a Reality

6 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2011  

John Haltiwanger

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

To address core questions in social science, analysts need to be able to drill down from key aggregates (as examples, economic indicators like productivity, job creation, and unemployment) to the person and business level with rich contextual information about person and business characteristics. Such drill down capability need to be accessible to the social science research and policy communities without jeopardizing the privacy and confidentiality of person and business level data. Much progress has already been made but there are significant bureaucratic, legal, and methodological challenges to achieve the vision of drill down analysis.

Suggested Citation

Haltiwanger, John, Making Drill Down Analysis of the Economy a Reality (2010). American Economic Association, Ten Years and Beyond: Economists Answer NSF's Call for Long-Term Research Agendas. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1889161

John C. Haltiwanger (Contact Author)

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