Where the Government Can Get Better Data

Look to the private sector, Uncle Sam.

Help is needed to learn how much people spend on drugs.

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As the world grows ever better at gathering and making use of data, the question arises: Might the measurements and statistics that private businesses accumulate be used to help government statistical agencies that are under increasing budget pressure? Two recent studies suggest they can.

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