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Opportunities and challenges in the use of alternative data sources to study migratory phenomena

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 12:30p.m. to 2p.m.(EDT)

With the consolidation of the culture of evidence-based policymaking, the availability of data has become central to policymakers especially in time of crisis.

Nowadays, there is an opportunity to describe migratory phenomena in a timely way through the availability of large volumes of real-time and spatially detailed innovative data sources. At the same time, however, data innovation has led to new challenges (ethics, privacy, data governance models, data quality) for citizens, statistical offices, policymakers and the private sector.

Focusing on migration studies, the presenter first gives an overview of the current state of data innovation in the scientific literature and then points out at areas in which data innovation has the most concrete potential. He concludes by showing some applications of these data sources and related methodologies to the study of the current Ukrainian crisis.

Presenter: Stefano M. Iacus - Director of Data Science and Product Research, Harvard University

Seminar Chair: Haishan Fu - Chief Statistician of the World Bank and Director, Development Data Group of the Bank

Discussants: Ji Su Kim - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research;

                     Gero Carletto - Manager, Development Data Group, World Bank Group