Studying ourselves is something the British do exceptionally well. Social scientists, geneticists, psychologists, demographers, medical researchers and epidemiologists flock here from all over the world, seeking answers to fundamental questions from our unique series of birth cohort studies. No one else has anything like them.
Thousands of babies born within a few months have been studied throughout their lives: the first cohort in 1946, the next in 1958, then 1970. The wealth of information is remarkable, with the oldest subjects now in their 60s. But a disastrous 30-year hiatus left a gaping hole in the histories of a generation. After 1970 surveys were cancelled by Margaret Thatcher, despising social science and perhaps preferring not to know the social consequences of her policies.
I would refer you to the views of Sir John Cowperthwaite when Financial Secretary to Hong Kong.
He refused to allow anyone to collect, let alone publish, GDP figures, on the grounds that some damn fool would only try and do something with them.
The less we know about the details of society the less temptation there is for damn fools to interfere with society.