Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward
Scientific Reports, Vol. 2, pp. 350, 2012
2 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2012
Date Written: April 5, 2012
We introduce a future orientation index to quantify the degree to which Internet users worldwide seek more information about years in the future than years in the past. We analyse Google logs and find a striking correlation between the country’s GDP and the predisposition of its inhabitants to look forward.
Keywords: search volume, data mining, big data, Google, correlation, computational social science, digital traces
JEL Classification: A10, B40, C10, C20, C22, C53, C90, D70, D79, D83, J10, J11, O40, O47
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