Microdata Access and Labor Market Research: The U S Experience

Katharine G. Abraham , Allgemeines Statistisches Archiv 89(12) , 121-140 , June 2005.

The paper illustrates the value of broad researcher access to survey and administrative microdata using examples drawn from the U. S. experience, outlining how analyses of trends in earnings inequality, poverty and employment dynamics using such data have benefited policy makers and contributed to improvements in statistical agency data products. Methods of facilitating researcher access, including the release of public use files, the use of licensing agreements, and the establishment of research data centers, are discussed.

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