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dc.contributor.authorSaiz, Alberten_US
dc.contributor.authorSimonsohn, Urien_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:52:34Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:52:34Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20081126846en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35497-
dc.description.abstractThe internet and other large textual databases contain billions of documents: is there useful information in the number of documents written about different topics? We propose, based on the premise that the occurrence of a phenomenon increases the likelihood that people write about it, that the relative frequency of documents discussing a phenomenon can be used to proxy for the corresponding occurrence-frequency. After establishing the conditions under which such proxying is likely to be successful, we construct proxies for a number of demographic variables in the US and for corruption across countries and US states and cities, obtaining average correlations with occurrence-frequencies of 0.47 and 0.61 respectively. We also replicate results from two separate published papers establishing the correlates of corruption at both the state and country level. Finally, we construct the first index of corruption in US cities and study its correlates.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA discussion papers 3809en_US
dc.subject.jelJ11en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordInterneten_US
dc.subject.keywordtextual databasesen_US
dc.subject.keyworddocument-frequencyen_US
dc.subject.keywordproxy variablesen_US
dc.subject.stwInterneten_US
dc.subject.stwPublikationsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwÖffentliche Meinungen_US
dc.subject.stwInformationen_US
dc.subject.stwKorruptionen_US
dc.subject.stwTeilstaaten_US
dc.subject.stwSchätzungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleDownloading wisdom from online crowdsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn584701802en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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