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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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American National Election Studies 2016 Time Series Data Released – April 5, 2017

The American National Election Studies (ANES) just released the 2016 Time Series Study. Face-to-face and Internet interviews with over 4,200 American citizens were conducted for 2016. There was a pre-election survey between Sept. 7 and Nov. 7, 2016 and a post-election survey between Nov. 9 and Jan. 8, 2017. This latest survey posed new questions on issues such as outsourcing, policing, political correctness, LGBT issues, gender issues, social mobility, economic inequality, campaign finance and international affairs.

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Medicaid Waiver Dataset: Coverage for Childless Adults 1996–2014 – March 29, 2017

This new study was added to DISC Online Archive. It identifies the presence and characteristics of Medicaid coverage for adults without dependent children for each state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.

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2015 American Housing Survey Data Release – March 29, 2017

The microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey were released by the U.S. Census Bureau on March 29, 2017. This release  includes the National Public Use File and the Metropolitan Public Use File.

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IPUMS Has a New Look

IPUMS portal ( has a new look.  Updates and new features have been added to IPUMS data projects. Visitors can still access their data and data tools free of charge but will find it is easier to access their projects and find tutorials.

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DataLumos at ICPSR

DataLumos ( is an open-access repository newly established at ICPSR.  The public can recommend government data resources to be archived in DataLumos.  The public can directly deposit valuable government data resources related to social sciences in this new data repository.  DataLumos is designed to save data, and make them accessible and discoverable. It compliments DataRefuge project ( but is not part of it. DataLumos has not relation to (

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