Using Corporate Data to Improve Outcomes

Opportunities for Private Firms and Academic Researchers to Share Data and Inform Decision-Making

April 6, 2018

8:30am 4:30pm

Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Room 400, Chicago, IL 60611
Scott R. Baker, Northwestern University
Steven J. Davis, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Hoover Institution
Jean-Pierre Dubé, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business; Deputy Director of BFI
Brigitte Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School

Large data sets are increasingly critical tools for academic researchers to help improve our understanding of issues across economics, finance, public policy, and other social sciences. Academics have traditionally utilized data controlled by government agencies, nongovernmental organizations or academic institutions, but an increasingly large share of potentially useful data is held by the private sector. While a number of companies have been sharing data with academic researchers for many years, these types of data sharing agreements are a new concept for other firms.

This conference brought together academic researchers and private sector leaders with a range of experience in data sharing. They addressed the benefits, challenges and opportunities of these agreements, and highlighted examples of past and current partnerships. Following the formal agenda, experts from UChicago and Northwestern hosted an in-depth tutorial for academic researchers regarding best practices in understanding and drafting legal data agreements.

You can view video and unedited transcripts from the event here. 

You can view photos from the event here. 

Using Corporate Data to Improve Outcomes on April 6

April 6, 2018 - 8:30am 4:30pm