Linking Surveys to the World: Administrative Data, the Web, and Beyond

Federal statistical agencies have pressing needs to innovate in light of the rapidly changing structure of the economy and the interaction of these changes with the fundamental ways in which households and businesses produce and use information. This project involves the formulation of a research node at the University of Michigan that will lever distinctive institutional strengths in social science, survey research, and information science to address the scientific and practical problems that the statistical system confronts.  This project will advance the science of measurement and serve to renew the statistical system both by bringing frontier methodology to measurement problems faced by the statistical agencies and by cultivating a new generation of scholars who will collaboratively address these issues.  Broadly speaking, this project uses data generated by households and businesses in the course of their normal activities (administrative data and web-generated user data) to produce economic and demographic measurements that are currently generated from surveys.