Access to data is a source of competitive advantage in academia, but as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated, Chicago Booth's Jonathan Dingel and a small group of colleagues realized they had data that could help answer more questions than they were personally able to investigate. In response, they worked to make their data useful and accessible to the broader research community, making it possible for other social scientists to help fill the knowledge gap in pandemic policy. Dingel says that decision is in line with a trend among researchers to share pandemic-relevant data for the public good, even when doing so clashes with traditional professional incentives.

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