A Cross-Verified Database of Notable People, 3500bc-2018ad

62 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2021 Last revised: 31 Mar 2021

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Morgane laouenan

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CES)

Jean-Benoît Eyméoud

Sciences Po; Banque de France

Olivier Gergaud

Kedge - Bordeaux Business School

Palaash Bhargava

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi

Guillaume Plique

Sciences Po; Medialab

Etienne Wasmer

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: March 2021

Abstract

We add to the literature on notable individuals (famous, prominent, distinguished) in collecting first a massive amount of data from various editions of Wikipedia and Wikidata along with deduplication techniques; and then using these partially overlapping sources to cross-verify each retrieved information. This strategy results in a cross-verified database of 2.2 million individuals, including a third who are not present in the English edition of Wikipedia. An extension to 4.7 million entries is currently not recommended given the inaccuracy of the information and discrepancies between Wikidata and other sources. A non-negligible fraction of newly-added individuals were collected from non-English editions of Wikipedia. We adopt a social science approach: data collection is driven by specific social questions on gender, economic and cul- tural development and quantitative exploration of cultural trends, that we document in this paper. A sample of 100,000 individuals is available here http://medialab.github.io/bhht-datascape, together with the most recent version of this paper.

JEL Classification: N01, N9, R00

Suggested Citation

laouenan, Morgane and Eyméoud, Jean-Benoît and Gergaud, Olivier and Bhargava, Palaash and Plique, Guillaume and Wasmer, Etienne, A Cross-Verified Database of Notable People, 3500bc-2018ad (March 2021). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15852, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795248

Morgane Laouenan (Contact Author)

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Olivier Gergaud

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Palaash Bhargava

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Guillaume Plique

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Etienne Wasmer

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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