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  • developing new statistical measurements
  • estimating quantitative models of economic behavior,
  • assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy
  • projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals.

Datasets associated with NBER research are available for download from their website.

Useful Links

Collection Overview

(source: http://www.nber.org/data/)

  1. Macro Data
    1. Official Business Cycle Dates
    2. Experimental Coincident, Leading and Recession Indexes
    3. Penn-World Tables, Mark 6.1
    4. Barro-Lee
    5. A History of U.S. Foreign-Exchange-Market Interventions
    6. Occupational Wages around the World
    7. Macro History Database
    8. Savings, Investment, and Gold in 13 countries (1850-1945)
    9. Social Security Pension Reform in Europe
    10. Historical Cross-Country Technological Adoption: Dataset
    11. Facts and Fantasies about Commodity Futures
    12. US Industrial Production Index 1790 - 1915
  2. Industry Data
    1. Job Creation and Destruction Data
    2. Manufacturing Industry Productivity Database
    3. Public Sector Collective Bargaining Law Data
    4. Form 990 data on tax exempt organizations
  3. International Trade Data
    1. Price Quantity Indexes and Values for U.S. Exports and Imports, 1879-1923
    2. SITC Rev 2 and NAICS (1997)
    3. U.S. Trade by 1972-SIC category, 1958-1994
    4. U.S. Trade by 1987-SIC category, 1989-2001
    5. U.S. Imports by TSUSA, HS, SITC, 1972-2001
    6. U.S. Imports by SAS and Stata, 1972-2001
    7. U.S. Exports by TSUSA, HS, SITC, 1972-2001
    8. U.S. Exports by SAS and Stata, 1972-2001
    9. U.S. Tariffs, 1989-2001
    10. U.S. Antidumping Database and Links
    11. World Trade Data ( choose World Import and Export Data )
  4. Individual Data
    1. Boston Youth Labor (Market) Survey, 1980, 1989
    2. Collaborative Perinatal (CPP)
    3. Consumer Expenditure Survey Extracts
    4. Current Population Survey
    5. Gould Sample
    6. Survey of Economic Expectations
    7. Survey of Income and Program Participation
    8. Survey of Program Dynamics
    9. Thorndike-Hagen
    10. Union Army Data Set
    11. Worker Representation survey
  5. Hospital Data
    1. Prospective Payment System (PPS)
    2. Reading CMS' Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) datasets using SAS
  6. Demographic and Vital Statistics
    1. Vital Statistics Books ( Historical )
    2. Vital Statistics Births
    3. Interactive index to Vital Statistics Births 1931-1968
    4. Vital Statistics Births and Infant Mortality 1920-1945
    5. Vital Statistics Deaths
    6. Vital Statistics Deaths - Historical 1900 - 1936
    7. Vital Statistics Marriage and Divorce
    8. US Intercensal Population by State, Age and Sex 1970-1999
  7. Patent Data
    1. U.S. Patents
  8. Other Data
    1. Data Appendixes from NBER Working Papers and Books
    2. School District Databook (SDDB)
    3. Tax Model File Documentation
    4. Segregation Data
    5. State Constitutions Project
    6. Reading 2000 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files with SAS, SPSS, or Stata
    7. Reading 1970 Census Summary File 1A with SAS, SPSS, or Stata
    8. Reading large datasets into Access or Excel
    9. Older data formerly at anonymous FTP
    10. Links to child health datasets

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