Canadian research study hits snag over lousy population data

I find it amazing that the government doesn't have the information it needs to make good decisions, and that instead of fixing the problem the gov't moves to make it worse.


Maybe these researchers should work with Google and Facebook instead.

So this year some Canadian researchers at the Mowat Centre set out to replicate the idea, which was based on employment, median income, college education, disability, life expectancy and obesity data for 3,135 counties from the U.S. census.

Unfortunately, the project hit a snag: Canada has lousier data. The analysis could not be completed with the same level of detail as the U.S. effort. This country’s wealth data was bad. Its health data was worse.