Journal Article

Data Markets and the Production of Surveys

Tomas Philipson

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 64, issue 1, pages 47-72
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI:
Data Markets and the Production of Surveys

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The production of data, and the functioning of the market for observations, are universal concerns to all fields of positive economics. Economists, however, have typically placed greater emphasis on systematically analyzing the consumption of data than on considering its production. In the production of data through surveys, an important input market is that of labour, in which a demander trades observations with the supplying sample members. This paper analyses optimal monopsony compensation in such data markets, the important relationship it bears to estimation using the data that are obtained, and the statistical effects of implicit public wage regulations that are present in U.S. markets for observations.

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Subjects: Economics

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