Author Archives: Lu Chou

Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS)

The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) has a redesigned publication archive.  This archive features over 650 publications using FFCWS data.  It can be searched by keywords, author’s last name, publication type, and a text search of the title … Continue reading

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Comparing First-Generation and Continuing-Generation College Students

About 20 percent of first-generation college students had obtained a bachelor’s degree 10 years after their sophomore year in high school, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  That is 50% lower than continuing-generation … Continue reading

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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium

The 2017 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) will take place on October 9-10 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. MDLS started in 2015 and it provides Midwestern librarians working with research data management issues an opportunity to network.  It welcomes future … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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