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Using ICPSR to find data
ICPSR has offers a searchable interface and offers list of studies and a bibliography of publications that have used the data that match the subject.
Other sources to find data
While you are exploring what data is out there, consider other places to look beyond the academic literature, such as:
- Annual Reports
- Data visualizations
- News feeds
Government Data Sources
Here's a list of sources for labor economics-related data from the federal government. (This is not an exhaustive list.)
Data.gov is a clearinghouse for federal government data. It is easily searchable and contains downloadable datasets in a variety of formats from both federal and some state and municipal entities. It is managed and hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration, Technology Transformation Service.
FRED - St. Louis Fed
This site offers a wealth of economic data and information to promote economic education and enhance economic research. The widely used database FRED is updated regularly and allows 24/7 access to regional and national financial and economic data.
NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) Data sets
A mix of economic, political, demographic, and health data sets.
International Data Sources
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. It provides the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
State and Municipal Data Sources
Many states and municipalities provide publicly-accessible data repositories for the data they are required to make available to the public (and then occasionally some other data sets.) A few are listed below, and you can often locate data for a specific state or municipality by searching for the state or city name + "data."
New York State Data
Browse and download over 1,600 New York State data resources on topics ranging from farmers' markets to solar photovoltaic projects to MTA turnstile usage.
Open Data Philly
A resource for publicly available data from the City of Philadelphia
The open data portal for Los Angeles.
NJOIT Open Data Center
Open data portal for New Jersey
NYC Open Data is one of the most robust examples of an open municipal data source. (You can also find some of these data sets through the NYS portal and data.gov, but this is the most comprehensive site.) Below is a link to the NYC Open Data portal, along with an article from April 2020 that discusses how publicly available trash pickup data from the Department of Sanitation could be used as a predictor to figure out which neighborhoods had the most people leave the city during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.