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Freqently Used Datasets

A brief compilation of datasets useful for population studies and demographic analysis

Webuse Data

Webuse Data InterfaceThese are a set of resources to further the scientific study of the impact of the Internet on Societies. Central to this is understanding the transformative effect—both positive and negative—that the Internet has on human behavior and how the emerging persistent behaviors enable and constrain activities, understanding, knowledge, and culture. Several archives exist for this data. They are :

Webuse Data Archive (ATUS03t05)

Webuse Data Archive (REMP7206)

Webuse Data Archive (AHTUS65t02)

Webuse Data Archive (ATUS03t07)

Webuse Data Archive (OMNI08)

Webuse Data Archive (REMP7208)

Webuse Data Archive (QOL09)


Data: Quality of Life Data, 2009 with weight (qol09.sav)

Data: ATUS-X Background characteristic & actively variables 2003-2008 (jrmerge.sav)


Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA)
Housed at the University of Califonia, Berkeley this website contains a set programs for the documentation and web-based analysis of survey data. The SDA archive includes the General Social Survey (GSS) and the American National Election Study (ANES).

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Both IPUMS-USA and IPUMS-International can be accessed through this website maintained by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.

Current Population Survey (CPS)
CPS data is accessed via IPUMS. Users can extract data, view the User's Guide and much more.

The Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill houses this data including both public-use data and restricted-use data.

Mexican Health and Aging Survey (MHAS)
The Population Studies Center at the University of Pennslyvania houses this data which includes questionnaires and findings from 2001 and 2003.

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Housed at the University of Michigan, the HRS surveys more than 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years and looks at the physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning of America's aging population.

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY)
Two major datasets for this survey are housed at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 1997 NLSY survey looks at young men and women born in the years 1980-84 where respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997. The 1979 NLSY survey looks at men and women born in the years 1957-64 where respondents were ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979.

American Time Use Survey (ATUS)
The ATUS measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing. Data are housed at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
These surveys are conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC. Data from Cycles 1 through 6 are available online.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)
PSID data is housed at the University of Michigan. Customized data extractions are available.