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Weekly links June 1: moral quandaries, plunging response rates, business aspirations, an attempt to revive blogging, and more...

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  • The Economist this week has two articles on the challenges of survey and administrative data in developed countries: don’t even ask discusses plunging response rates (see figure), noting “that what once was a rare chance to tell someone about your life, is now crowded out by an annoying press of telemarketers and commercial surveyors”, while data hierarchies discusses the rising use of admin data and the concerns this raises about whether it becomes a case of connections and who you know, and whether it makes replication impossible.Image
  • Looking for some summer learning: Berkeley’s BITSS is running its (free) 5-week online course on transparent and open social science research, starting July 9.


David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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