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Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mission Beach B
Society of Government Economists
Big Data: Value, National Accounts, and Public Policy
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (PDT)
- Chair: Gideon F. Lukens, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Measuring the Digital Economy in Macroeconomic Statistics: The Role of Data
AbstractThe strategic focus of businesses in the modern knowledge-based economy has been to generate and control traditional intellectual property (IP) assets, such as patents and copyrights. Nowadays, the strategic focus of businesses is increasingly to generate and control data. As the economy becomes more knowledge-based and data-driven it is increasingly difficult to measure. National statistical compilers often rely on business accounting records or surveys of businesses to derive estimates, yet business accounting methods have not evolved to measure the value of data. This creates difficulties for national statistical compilers. This paper explores what data is, what’s its value, what’s its role in the modern economy and whether it is an asset in the national accounts– the perimeter of what could be capitalized while considering what is already included in R&D, software and databases– and potential estimation methods.
Measuring the Economic Value of Data and Data Flows
AbstractThe process of collecting, aggregating and analysing data for the purpose of successful operation is nothing new for companies. However, the amount and variety of data they use has increased dramatically in recent years. In fact, data have often become a central element in business models, posing fresh challenges to researchers and policymakers alike. In this paper, we investigate how the economic value of data can be conceptualised and measured from a business perspective. We first discuss data monetisation as a strategy for developing new business models, as well as enhancing “traditional” business models. Secondly, we review taxonomies for data and propose a new taxonomy with a specific focus on measuring the business value of data. Here our discussion is centred on four stylised ‘data monetisation strategies’ that are commonly used by companies to generate new streams of revenue, or to improve current business processes or products. We also discuss how different data characteristics and types affect economic value. Next, we examine the role of cross-border data flows as a key enabler of our global economy. We discuss how and why businesses transfer data across borders, as well as the broad scale and value of cross-border data flows. To do so we present the concept of a ‘global data value chain’, based on the idea that digitalisation enables the physical detachment of data collection, analysis, storage and monetisation. Finally, we summarise and discuss the most promising avenues for measuring the economic value of data and consider their feasibility in the short and long-term.
The Value of Data: Implications for Policy
AbstractBusiness and governments see data as an opportunity to drive economic growth. The rapidly growing use of data in the economy, and its potential untapped uses, raises a range of important policy questions: how much is it worth, who should control it, who should have the right to use it, how should it be governed? Addressing these questions will require an understanding of what drives the value of data of different types, and the scope of the positive externalities due to its non-rival character and other distinctive features such as varying marginal returns and rates of depreciation. This paper presents a categorisation of data types and of the different public good aspects which will mean some types or combinations of data will be under-provided by the private sector. It considers some policy challenges in capturing and creating social value in the data driven economy, such as inter-operable standards, data infrastructures, terms of governance and access, and models of supply such as public provision or data trusts.
University of Cambridge
Progressive Policy Institute and University of Pennsylvania
- O3 - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
- H0 - General