There are many things that a government needs to know. Without certain types of information, decisions have to be made in the dark. Research provides information on which major decisions can be made. Many governments maintain a research arm that conducts research on an on-going basis. Should a certain tax be imposed? Should the government reduce its spending on support for agriculture? Is there a relationship between education and employment? Should the retirement age be increased by five years? We can conduct scientific research on a variety of topics that are of interest to governments and government agencies.