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Discussing Data: Evaluating Data Quality

Data-driven organizations are becoming increasingly aware of data quality in order to mature their data activities. Data quality is of particular concern to research functions, but many existing frameworks are not well suited for use by researchers. This paper discusses existing data quality frameworks and focuses on one that meets the needs of research functions. A modified version of that framework is described along with details for use with a wide range of data.
Technical Briefings , Paper TB 19-03

Briefing
Discussing Data: The Elevator Pitch

Researchers and custodians of data are often tasked with explaining their data to unfamiliar audiences. There exists a knowledge gap that can be challenging, particularly when attempting to communicate research that uses complex or less well-known data. This paper describes an “elevator pitch” that can be used to quickly and efficiently present core characteristics of data. Specifically, it outlines seven core characteristics that can be used to create such a pitch. Additionally, it provides examples of how this compact description can be integrated into research papers, presentations, or ...
Technical Briefings , Paper TB 18-03

Journal Article
Has Forward Guidance Been Effective?

A. Lee Smith and Thealexa Becker compare forward guidance announcements with changes in the effective federal funds rate and find the two policy measures have had similar macroeconomic effects.
Economic Review , Issue Q III , Pages 57-78

Working Paper
Self-employment and health care reform: evidence from Massachusetts

We study the e ect of the Massachusetts health care reform on the uninsured rate and the self-employment rate in the state. The reform required all individuals to obtain health insurance, required most employers to o er health insurance to their employees, formed a private marketplace that o ered subsidized health insurance options and ex- panded public insurance. We examine data from the Current Population Survey (CPS)for 1994-2012 and its Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement for 1996-2013. We show that the reform led to a dramatic reduction in the state's uninsured rate due to ...
Research Working Paper , Paper RWP 14-16

Journal Article
Does health care reform support self-employment?

Health insurance access can influence individuals' labor market decisions. Some economists argue employer-provided health insurance may have deterred entrepreneurship, as self-employed individuals may have faced difficulties in obtaining coverage. As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is gradually implemented, the reform might affect individuals' decisions to become or remain self-employed. Tzemen and Becker examine a similar reform, the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act, as a case study for the PPACA. They find the uninsured rate declined in Massachusetts following ...
Economic Review , Issue Q III , Pages 5-23

Journal Article
Has forward guidance been effective?

A. Lee Smith and Thealexa Becker compare forward guidance announcements with changes in the effective federal funds rate and find the two policy measures have had similar macroeconomic effects.
Macro Bulletin

Journal Article
Does health care reform support self-employment?

Didem Tzemen and Thealexa Becker study the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act and find the reform may have supported self-employment in the state.
Macro Bulletin

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