Using Big Data to Measure Europe’s Economy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Altiero Spinelli Building – Room A3G-3
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60
Brussels 1040

Timely access to information is crucial for informed decisionmaking, but official government statistics are often months or years old by the time they are published. In addition, government statistics can be expensive to produce, burdensome on respondents, and sometimes even inaccurate or imprecise—all factors which limit their usefulness to policymakers, businesses, and others. To address this problem, some researchers are experimenting with using alternative data sources to complement or replace traditional government statistics. For example, “The Billion Prices Project @ MIT” collects data from hundreds of retailers across more than 70 countries to produce daily statistics on inflation and exchange rates

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion with invited economists, statisticians, and policymakers about the possibility of using alternative data sources and methods to improve the quality and timeliness of government data. In addition, at this event, ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, will present a new study that demonstrates the feasibility of using data from search engines to predict unemployment.

05/25/2016 18:0005/25/2016 19:30America/New_YorkITIF Event: Using Big Data to Measure Europe’s EconomyAltiero Spinelli Building – Room A3G-3, European Parliament,, Brussels 1040, beMore information:
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
European Parliament
Keynote Speaker
Paul MacDonnell
Former Head of European Policy
Center for Data Innovation
Petri Rouvinen
Managing Director
ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
Lucy Sioli
Head of Unit, European Semester & Knowledge Base
European Commission
Joonas Tuhkuri
ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy