If you already have identified the source of your data or statistics and you need help subsetting the data, preparing the data, or analyzing the data, come to the Data Lab. The Data Lab is located in the back of the Social Science Reference Center of Firestone Library.
The lab is open when Firestone Library is open. Assistance is available during staffed hours Monday-Friday.
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Other dates by appointment. Email email@example.com
Summary statistics are aggregated counts of survey or administrative data.
Microdata is survey or administrative data about an entity (person, family, establishment).
Longitudinal or panel study: same group of individuals is interviewed at intervals over a period of time.
Cross-sectional study: data from particular subjects are obtained only once.
There is typically around a 2 year time lag from the time the data is collected to the time of release.
Very little subnational data is available. Most subnational data is restricted when available. We do have a fair amount of state level data for the United States. City level data is often of a case study type or only available for very large cities.
Many micro-level datasets are restricted and it is not uncommon to wait a year before getting permission or denial to use the data. Each country has its own rules.
What exists for one country may not exist for another country. Data is generally inconsistent across borders.
Documentation for data is typically in the official language of the country.
Always look at the methodology.