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ECON 203: Econometrics

A Quick Introduction to IPUMS

Create an Account

In order to use IPUMS, you will need to create an account! Select an IPUMS Project (USA, CPS, Global Health, etc.) from the IPUMS Homepage, and then register for an account.

Opening IPUMS Data in Stata

Getting Started with IPUMS, Part 1: Selecting Variables & Datasets

Getting Started with IPUMS, Part 2: Ordering Data

Getting Started with IPUMS, Part 3: Downloading the Data & Opening it in Stata

IPUMS USA Data Extract System Tutorial

IPUMS CPS: Extract System Tutorial

IPUMS - Open File in Stata

Top IPUMS Tips!

Here are a few of our top tips for using IPUMS!

  1. START EARLY! It can take a while for IPUMS to process your data extract requests.
  2. Download your data immediately upon receiving the email link. You only have 72 hours to download the data, or you will have to submit a new request.
  3. Create an account for each IPUMS project you intend to use.
  4. Read all of the metadata and codebook information carefully.
  5. Remember to change the data format to be Stata compatible - .dat.
  6. Ask for help! Don't hesitate to reach out to Daria or Dani with any questions - we are here and happy to help you!

How to Find Data

Use the IPUMS Database to Find Datasets

Remember to Cite Your Data!

How do I cite IPUMS-CPS data?

From the IPUMS FAQ:

Miriam King, Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Sarah Flood, Katie Genadek, Matthew B. Schroeder, Brandon Trampe, and Rebecca Vick. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, Current Population Survey: Version 3.0. [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2010.