The Data Revolution and Economic Analysis
---- Acknowledgments ----
This paper was prepared for the NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy conference in April 2013. Author disclosures will be available on the NBER website. We thank Susan Athey, Preston McAfee, Erin Scott, Scott Stern and Hal Varian for comments. We are grateful for research support from the NSF, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Toulouse Network on Information Technology. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Liran Einav ----
This paper draws on some of my experience in related work that used proprietary data from various companies, which were obtained through contracts that I and my coauthors signed with each of these companies (eBay Research, Alcoa, Safeway, and a subprime lender).
---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Jonathan D. Levin ----
Levin consulted in 2010-11 for eBay Research, and has consulted for other internet companies, and for the US government. He has received research funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Toulouse Network on Information Technology.