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EC Econometrics: Data Sets

Examination of methods of analysis commonly used in economics and business.

Selected Data Sets

Consider the time period -- current or  historical, and the format -- table to print or data to download to a spreadsheet.

IPUMS - Integrated Public Use Microdata Series

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) is the world's largest individual-level population database containing USA Census materials and international census records.


ATUS – American Time Use Survey

Data page: ATUS Data Files -

select single or multi year files or use the module data files

How to use ATUS microdata files


NLSY - National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

Home page ;

Navigator page; register to use:

The Investigator User's Guide describes how to use this website.
An available tutorial also teaches how to search for variables in the Investigator


National Center for Charitable Statistics

Data page:

  • Primarily pulls data from the IRS Form 990 – there is a lot of information on that form! Anything related to financial impacts of the sector (or subsectors within the nonprofit sector), the NCCS is a great place to find that data/information.  
  • The financial impacts are broken in to dozens of categories, by type of activity and type of nonprofit, ex. Medicaid expansion, ACA’s impact on nonprofit hospitals, or the rise and fall of conservation and environmental organizations over the last 20 years looking across different administrations and their policies, or the impacts of “h-elective” legislation on nonprofit organizations’ lobbying activities….

Inside Airbnb

Data page:

Offers different csv data sets for listing in cities around the world



Data page:

Historic sales data (csv files) for 45 stores located in different regions across the United States.



Data page:

Yelp maintains a dataset for use in personal, educational, and academic purposes. It includes 6 million reviews spanning 189,000 businesses in 10 metropolitan areas. Students are welcome to participate.

Need to sign a form to get data first so I am not sure about file format


CDC Data:

Data set page :

By topic, sets can differ mostly zip files to download


Dow Jones Weekly Returns

Data set page:

Predicting stock prices is a major application of data analysis and machine learning; zip file to download

World Development Indicators (WDI)

Data page: WDI

Microdata Library

From the World Bank which is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries globally.
The organization is not an ordinary bank but rather a partnership to reduce poverty and support development.


Time Series
same phenomina over specificed length of time

Cross Section
1 point of time in multiple places

combination of time series and cross section data


Don't forget to cite your data sources.


APA Style - Online Data Sets

Point readers to raw data by providing a Web address
- use "Retrieved from"

or a general place that houses data sets on the site
- use "Available from"


United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Indiana income limits [Data file]. Retrieved from