Toward Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis of Data Programs

  • Bruce D. Spencer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Statistics book series (LNS, volume 38)


Recent years have witnessed a substantial increase in the use of government statistics. One has only to open a newspaper to see statistics used to identify social and economic problems, to document progress (or lack thereof) in mitigating these problems, or to support one proposed policy over another. Government statistics are used increasingly in the courts to decide suits of discrimination in hiring, promotion, etc. And of course, statistics are used to determine the allocation of Congressional representation, intergovernmental transfers of funds, and cost-of-living adjustments in payments to individuals.


Data Quality Data Program Optimal Expenditure Optimal Data Public Decision 
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