Open Data: Differences and Implications Across Countries

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Lay Lian Chuah

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Norman Loayza

World Bank - Research Department

Date Written: May 1, 2017

Abstract

The pros and cons of making data more accessible to the public have been widely debated. Proponents of open data argue that it is good practice for governments because it fosters transparency, promotes greater participation, and encourages sharing of ideas, which is important in building a research-oriented culture. Others, however, are less convinced of the merits of open data. This research policy brief finds that there is a relationship between accessibility of data and income levels of a country, and between data availability and the productivity and quality of economic research.

Keywords: Economic Theory & Research, Industrial Economics, ICT Legal and Regulatory Framework, ICT Policy and Strategies, Information Security & Privacy, Educational Sciences, Economic Growth, Transport Services

Suggested Citation

Chuah, Lay Lian and Loayza, Norman, Open Data: Differences and Implications Across Countries (May 1, 2017). World Bank Research and Policy Briefs No. 114829. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3249558

Lay Lian Chuah (Contact Author)

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Norman Loayza

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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