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Econ 154: Economics of Discrimination: Labor

Organizations & Search Engines

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 multi-disiciplinary research on labor and employment relations.

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 ProgramNBER 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.

Selected Journals

Key Data Sources

American Community Survey. (From IPUMS-USA).   The ACS is the premier source for detailed population and housing information for the United States.. Data includes decennial censuses from 1790 to 2010 and ACS from 2000 to the present.

Census Neighborhood Change Database (Library Data Lab).  Combines U.S. Bureau of the Census data into one product with variables and tract boundaries that are consistently defined across census years.

Current Population Survey. (From IPUMS CPS)Monthly survey of the US population from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes many supplemental surveys on various topics, especially the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) done every March. 

Demographic Yearbook System. United Nations statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce and more.

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

National Historical Geographic Information System, Contains aggregate U.S. census data and GIS boundary files for each census from 1790 to 2000.

National Longitudinal Surveys. Set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women and youth.  From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

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

Occupational Wages Around the World (OWW). Wages data derived by the NBER from the ILO Laborsta database.

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Data on inflation and prices, unemployment and productivity. Includes the Current Population Survey conducted by the BLS and the Census Bureau providing data on the economic status and activities of the population. 

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The primary agency for US Labor data.  Creator of the National Longitudinal Surveys, Current Population Survey and more.

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.

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