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21 February, 2018 | (01 hr)

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Economists tend to depend heavily on official government statistics to study the economy. A major downside of such data is that they are highly aggregated in nature and released with long lags. Another problem is that they are based on surveys of households or businesses, relying on the honesty and accuracy of such recollected, self-reported information.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argues that internet data, in particular Google search data, reveal people's true feelings far more accurately than survey data do – and they provide such insights in a highly granular and real-time manner.

Join us for this important conversation and learn:

  • How to tap into publicly available online data, such as Google Trends and Google Correlate, that can help inform your business and economic research;
  • Some of the pitfalls (biases, inaccuracies) of survey data--where online data reveal truths that surveys/polls do not; and
  • How can researchers better incorporate the insights that new and big data offer into our business and economic research? 

Who Should Attend: Business executives, strategists, and economic researchers, along with anyone who has an interest in big data and what it reveals about human behavior


Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Everybody Lies

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet -- particularly Google searches -- to get new insights into the human psyche. Seth has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, depression, child abuse, hateful mobs, the science of humor, sexual preference, anxiety, s...Full Bio

Diane Lim, PhD

Diane Lim, PhD (Moderator)
Principal Economist
The Conference Board

As Principal Economist, Diane Lim develops, conducts, and communicates research as part of The Conference Board’s economics and human capital practices. She studies and speaks on a wide variety of topics with particular focus on the role of public policy in influencing economic behavior and...Full Bio

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