The IPUMS Database: Census Microdata for Comparative Research


This 3-day course will train students in the use of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series databases (IPUMS). IPUMS-USA is a harmonized database of more than 100 million records from the U.S. census and American Community Survey, from 1850 to the present IPUMS-International contains harmonized individual-level data from nearly 300 million people from 130 censuses around the world, from 1960 to the present. Instruction will consist of a combination of presentations and hands-on computer exercises. Topics covered will include the development of census microdata files; sample designs; using the online data access system and online documentation; understanding weights, geographic variables, variables with complex coding schemes, and family inter-relationship variables. The workshop will also provide an introduction to several other data resources developed at the University of Minnesota, including the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS), the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS), the American Time Use Survey Data Extraction tool (ATUS-X), and IPUMS-Current Population Survey (IPUMS-CPS). Participants will have time to discuss their own research agendas with one another and with the instructors.

Fee: Members = $1300; Non-members = $2600

Tags: IPUMS, census

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