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Economics: Labor

Organizations, Search Engines, and Reference Tools

Center for Labor Economics. UC Berkeley center promoting research in labor market issues and policies. 

Handbook of Labor Economics. Key reference handbook in labor economics, edited by Orley Ashenfelter and Richard Layard.

Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Institute at UC Berkeley supporting multidisiciplinary research on labor and employment relations.

Labordoc. International Labour Organization (ILO) database on work, sustainable livelihoods, and work-related aspects of development, human rights & technology.

Labor Economists Gateway.  Links to labor economists' web sites, research centers, institutes, statistics and datasets, journals, e-books, documents, and working papers.

NBER Labor Studies Program. NBER program studying issues of employment, compensation, determinants of unemployment, effects of labor unions, and benefits.

Society of Labor Economists. Primary academic association of U.S. labor economists, publisher of the Journal of Labor Economics

Working Women, 1800-1930. Digitized manuscript and image collections exploring women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.

International Data Sources

Foreign Labor Statistics.  From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Labor statistics derived from the foreign countries, the International Labour Office (ILO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the EU.

ILOSTAT. International labor statistics from 1979 to the present on employment, earnings, wages, migration, strikes and more, from the International Labour Organization.

International Data Base. From the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics for demographic, and socioeconomic data for countries and areas of the world. Information dates from 1950 to 2050.

IPUMS International. Census microdata for over 90 countries worldwide.

Occupational Wages Around the World (OWW). Wages data derived by the NBER from the ILO. Data requires advanced statistical application software.

Penn World Tables. Freely available data on population, national income accounts and prices, from 1950.

UN Data. Wide range of economic, social, cultural, and demographic indicators for most countries and territories of the world.

World Development Indicators. Primary World Bank collection of development indicators.

Key Data Sources - United States

American Community Survey.  Began in 2005, annual survey replacing the census long (15%) sample. Consider using  IPUMS.

American Factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau). Database for online source for accessing population, housing, economic and geographic data from the from the U.S. Census, including the Census of Population and Housing and the American Community Survey.

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). From the Minnesota Population Center. Provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space.  Includes the following:

  • IPUMS USA, U.S. census micro-data with enhanced documentation. Data includes decennialn censuses from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Surveys (ACS) from 2000 to the present. Now includes preliminary complete count data for several censuses up to 1940.
  • IPUMS CPS. Micro-data from the monthly U.S. labor force survey, the Current Population Survey (CPS), from 1962 to the present. Demographic and employment data as well as special topics such as fertility, tobacco use, volunteer activities, voter registration, computer and internet use, food security, etc..

Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics. Several data products that characterize workforce dynamics for specific groups. The Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI), LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES), Job-to-Job Flows (J2J), and Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) are available for public use.

  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators. Employment, job creation, earnings, and other measures of employment based on detailed firm characteristics (geography, industry, age, size) and worker demographics (sex, age, education, race, ethnicity) at the state, metropolitan, county, and Workforce Investment Board (WIB) areas.
  • LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES).  Detailed spatial distributions of workers' employment and residential locations and the relation between the two at the Census Block level as well as detail on age, earnings, industry distributions, and local workforce indicators.
  • Job-to-Job Flows. Statistics on worker reallocation in the United States constructed from the LEHD data. The initial release of national data distinguishes hires and separations associated with job change from hires from and separations to non-employment.
  • Post-Secondary Outcomes. Experimental tabulations with earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, and post-secondary institution.

Neighborhood Change DatabaseContains US tract-level data from the 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 decennial censuses with variables and tract boundaries that are consistently defined across census years with details such as population, household, and housing characteristics, income, poverty status, education level, employment, housing costs, immigration, and other variables.

United States Census Bureau.  The principal source of periodic U.S demographic data. Major programs include the Census of Population and Housing available via American Factfinder and the American Community Survey.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  (BLS). Data on inflation and prices, unemployment, productivity, wages, and much more. The BLS manages the Current Population Survey (see also IPUMS version) and the National Longitudinal Surveys.

Selected Journals

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