Thursday, July 25, 2013

IPUMS-International and Brazilian census microdata

Imagine what research questions you could answer if you had in your personal computer the census microdata of several countries around the world. I am talking about over 211 census from over 68 countries  - for some countries, every census round since 1960 is available. This is made possible thanks to the IPUMS-International project. 

They do this huge effort "to inventory, preserve, harmonize, and disseminate census microdata from around the world. The project has collected the world's largest archive of publicly available census samples. The data are coded and documented consistently across countries and over time to facillitate comparative research. IPUMS-International makes these data available to qualified researchers free of charge through a web dissemination system"

By the way, Robert McCaa alerted me that the 2010 sample of the census of Brazil is now available for download at IPUMS website. Enjoy it !