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Survey Data

A guide with important databases, websites, and other resources for economics research

Frequently Used Survey Data

Consumer Expenditure Survey

Identifies the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers characteristics).

 
General Social Survey

​​The GSS gathers data on contemporary American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes. Hundreds of trends have been tracked since 1972.

 
IPUMS

IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community contexts. Data and services available free of charge.

 
Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics.
Micro-data is also accessible through IPUMS.

 

National Longitudinal Surveys

The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.

 

Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series

The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individuals living in 5,000 families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics.

 

Roper - Elections and Presidents Portal

Include data of presidential elections, how groups voted, exit polls, US national election day exit polls, state election day exit polls, state primary exit polls, presidential approval.(sign-up is needed for first-time user)

 

SDA: Survey Documentation and Analysis

SDA is a set of programs for the documentation and Web-based analysis of survey data.