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Automating Response Evaluation for Franchising Questions on the 2017 Economic Census

Joseph Staudt, Yifang Wei, Lisa Singh, Shawn D. Klimek, J. Bradford Jensen, Andrew L. Baer

NBER Working Paper No. 25818
Issued in May 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank John Cuffe for help in getting the matching software working for this project. Thanks also to Emek Basker, Lucia Foster and seminar participants at the CRIW Pre-Conference: Big Data for 21st Century Economic Statistics for their useful comments. All remaining errors and omissions are those of the authors. The analysis, thoughts, opinions, and any errors presented here are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the U.S. Census Bureau or the National Bureau of Economic Research. All results have been reviewed to ensure that no confidential information is disclosed. The Disclosure Review Board release number is CBDRB-FY19-CMS-7598.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Lisa Singh ----

We also thank the Massive Data Institute for the use of their compute infrastructure for data collection.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for J. Bradford Jensen ----

I expect to receive approximately $15,000 from the University of Basel for teaching in 2019.

I am a part-time employee at the U.S. Census Bureau.

I am a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. I am sometimes paid for research I contribute to Peterson Institute programs.

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