Understanding Social and Economic Data

Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is coordinating and hosting remote participation in a free online course, “Understanding Social and Economic Data”, taught by Warren Brown and Lars Vilhuber of Cornell University. It is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also aims to teach students basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. It also covers data infrastructure, security clearance, and disclosure review procedures associated required of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) researchers. It meets once per week for live video and Q&A sessions and offers additional “flipped” content for off-line learning. This course starts on Thursday, August 24, 2017. You should take this course if you are preparing to conduct research in WiscRDC, or if you want a structured initiation to the FSRDC system, and an opportunity to ask questions and work toward developing your own research proposal.

https://www.vrdc.cornell.edu/info747x/

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New Data Releases from IPUMS

The 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data is now available from IPUMS Health Surveys. It includes supplemental variables on hepatitis, diabetes, chronic pain, food security, child mental health, heart disease and stroke prevention, tobacco, internet and email usage, and disability. This release also includes 600 variables from the 2015 NHIS cancer supplement. The 2016 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data was released through ATUS-X. IPUMS CPS released new basic monthly data along with variables from the fertility, education, and voter supplements. IPUMS USA released full count 1910 data, source variables for all modern data, new family interrelationship variables that identify same-sex and cohabiting partners, and several other improvements to the data. Census Editing Procedures Tab is now available from the variable dispaly in IPUMS USA. This tab allows IPUMS users to understand how the Census Bureau edits responses in order to provide more accurate data.

https://www.ipums.org/

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Utilizing the Gateway to Global Aging Data

Finalized Harmonized Data from Mexico (Harmonized MHAS), version A has just been released. It can be downloaded in Stata, SAS, and SPSS format under the Imputed/Harmonized tab at http://www.mhasweb.org/Data.aspx. The Harmonized MHAS can be easily used for conducting cross-country analysis. Two free webinars on using Harmonized aging data to conduct cross-national research have been scheduled. Several hands-on examples of cross-national analysis will be featured. They are on Wednesday, August 16th – 5pm LA / 8pm NY (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2096338049294264834) and Thursday, August 17th – 8am Beijing / 9am Tokyo.

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Crime and Safety in U.S. Public Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published a First Look report on crime, violence, discipline, and safety in U.S. public schools.
This report can be downloaded from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017122. It presents findings from the 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS:2016).

  • A higher percentage of middle schools reported that student bullying occurred at school daily or at least once a week (22  percent) than did high schools (15 percent) or primary schools (8 percent);
  • About 36 percent of schools located in cities reported that one or more sworn law enforcement officers routinely carried a  firearm while at school during the 2015-16 school year. That was lower than the percent reported at schools in towns (57  percent) and suburbs (45 percent).

SSOCS was first administered in school year 1999–2000 and repeated in school years 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, and 2015–16. The next wave of data collection is planned for school year 2017–18. Principals from a nationally representative stratified random sample of 3,553 U.S. public schools received a SSOCS 2016 questionnaire, which was designed to collect data on crime and safety from the schools’ perspective. To learn more about SSOCS, visit https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ssocs/.

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Early Millennials: The Sophomore Class of 2002 a Decade Later

This Statistical Analysis Report was released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on June 29.  It uses data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a multifaceted survey designed to study the 2002 sophomore cohort’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. In 2012 most of the respondents were 26 years old. 93 percent were in the workforce and 31 percent had married, including 28 percent who were currently married and 3 percent who had subsequently divorced, separated, or become widowed.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017437

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China’s Economic Data: An Accurate Reflection, or Just Smoke and Mirrors?

This article by Michael T. Owyang and Hannah Shell at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis examines China’s economic data. They address the widespread skepticism of Chinese official economic data and offer some alternative measures of China’s economic growth.

https://www.stlouisfed.org/~/media/Publications/Regional-Economist/2017/Second_quarter_2017/China.pdf

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Pew Research Center Report Examines America’s Complex Relationship with Guns

Pew Researcher Center released a report on public’s attitudes toward gun ownership and gun control policies on June 22.  It is based on Pew’s American Trends Panel waves 25 and 26 conducted in March and April 2017. About four-in-ten adults in the U.S. live in a gun-owning household and protection is the main reason for owning a gun according to this report.  http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/06/22/americas-complex-relationship-with-guns/

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The Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) Releases New Data

CLEA Release 10 (20170530) includes 60 new elections from 24 countries. It now covers close to 1,800 elections from 154 countries and territories. GeoReferenced Electoral Districts (GRED) issues Beta 2 release. GRED files are georeferenced maps providing the boundaries for electoral districts and can be linked to the constituencies in CLEA’s election archive.
http://www.electiondataarchive.org/

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016

Indicators of School Crime and Safety is a joint publication of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This annual report provides detailed statistics about current aspects of crime and safety in schools and colleges. This 19th edition includes the most recent available data, compiled from a number of statistical data sources from federal government.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017064

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2017 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference Proposal/Demonstration Deadline Approaching

The 2017 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference “Educators Run on Data” will take place Tuesday, August 1–Thursday, August 3, 2017 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

https://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=2681

Please be mindful about these approaching deadlines:

  • Friday, May 12, 2017: Deadline to submit a concurrent session or demonstration proposal.
  • Friday, June 30, 2017: Deadline to make reservations at The Mayflower Hotel.
  • Friday, July 7, 2017: Pre-registration closes.
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