Selected Compliments on the Accessibility of my Data Sets

 

Updated: March 20, 2014



Torsten Persson writes in his 2001 Economic Policy paper (note 4): “All empirical estimates [in my paper] are based on Rose’s original data set, which is made accessible, in a very user-friendly way, at http://haas.berkeley.edu/~arose.”


 

Jacques Melitz wrote in e-mail on April 3, 2001: “Once again, I wish to add - as I never cease saying to everyone around me - how exemplary, I think, your act of publishing of your data is, and besides, your act of also providing files explaining in detail how to duplicate your results with Stata.”


 

Ori Heffetz wrote in e-mail on Jan 28, 2002: “this might be the place for me to thank you for your generosity in making these datasets available online. as a phd economics student at princeton, i find such practice invaluably helpful for my research.”


 

Kalina Manova at Harvard wrote in e-mail on Nov 20, 2001: “I very much appreciate your allowing free use of the data you have compiled and will be sure to inform you of my results and thesis process.”


 

Volker Nitsch writes in his 2002 World Economy paper (note 4): The data set has been graciously provided by Andrew Rose (http://haas.berkeley.edu/~arose).


 

Michael Klein wrote in e-mail on Feb 12 2002: “I'd also like to mention that I really appreciate the fact that you make the data and programs so easily accessible on the web -- I think your web page is a model for what empirical researchers should do.”


 

Robert Walker wrote in e-mail on May 13, 2005: “I would second the comments of other scholars on the enormous [and selfless] contribution that you make to the research community by making your data available and your studies easily replicable.”


 

Josh Fangmeier wrote in e-mail on May 28 2007: “I must say that the dataset and outputs that you provided on your web site truly made this project possible.  As an [sic] novice of econometrics, the information you provided made this paper tremendously more doable.  If only all academics were as transparent as you.”


 

Mathew Hatson wrote in email on May 5 2012: "

Hello Dr. Rose, 

 

I have been analyzing a working version of your CU trade paper (2000) for a PS in my Trade + Econometrics classes at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and... we also looked at your work in my Euro Economics class at the University of Geneva.

 

I landed on your website and saw the UofT and T.O. high school reference, and then noticed the little Canadian Flag and through my great powers of deduction, I figured out that you are a fellow Canadian. I am originally from Ottawa... (don't shoot)... but I have a great respect for all Canadian economists, and I guess all good economists in general. 

 

Without going in to much detail, I also went south of the border for university (Cornell) and have now landed in Europe (Uni Geneva)... I am hoping to join an int. econ. PhD dept. after finishing my master's degree here next year. 

 

Anyhow, to summarize a somewhat purposeless email, I just wanted to thank you personally for your great contribution so far to the field, for your many incredible papers... and well... for the sheer volume of your work + your great website. It is a commitment that I have not seen anywhere else in my 6 years of econ studies so I really do appreciate it (I'm not sure if you or other top economists receive many fan emails, so maybe this is common or very uncommon), but in any case, I thought it was worthwhile to send. 

 

Take care, and you really are a great role model for would-be "Canuck"-economists. Something about your work diverges from the norm and your papers are much more "enjoyable" to read than the standard publication.

 

Sincerely, 

Matthew"



Rachel Hettich wrote in email on June 6, 2013:
"Hello! My name is Rachel Hettich, and I recently graduated from Minnesota State Unitersity in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Ecnomics. For my senior seminar paper, I wrote about language barriers and foreign direct investment. I actually used Johannes Lohmann's Language Barrier Index in my regression, so I have been communicating with him a lot over the course of the research. He used a lot of your data for his publication in 2011. He sent me his dataset, so technically, I used some of your data as well! My professors want me to try to publish my paper in the Undergraduate Economic Review, which I plan on doing this summer. I cited a couple of your papers and your dataset, so I wanted to let you know before I submitted it anywhere. Would you like me to send you a copy of my paper?

 I also wanted to thank you for making all of your data available. I learned a lot about data gathering and organization from your file! I think it's great that you are willing to share that with others."



Paul Symon wrote in email on March 20, 2014:

"We, i.e. Alex Kiermeier, Stephanie Mitchell, Sarah Schröder and Paul Symon are MSc. Economics students at the University of Edinburgh in the Scottish Graduate Program of Economics (SGPE). As part of our programme, we are currently working on an “Econometrics Project” (overseen by Prof. Mark Schaffer from Heriot-Watt University) and set out to replicate and challenge the findings of your recent working paper “Surprising Similarities: Recent Monetary Regimes of Small Economies.”

 

First and foremost we would like to thank you for allowing us access to your dataset and log files, especially for keeping everything so comprehensive. Having had a closer look at your dataset and your regressions, we highlighted some points you may or may not have come discovered since we accessed your files and wanted to share our results with you."



Morale: Please don’t complain that my data sets are inaccessible.  They aren’t.