Census Data and Alternative Sites -
General information about sites utilizing/simplifying student use of census data

Survey of Income and Program Participation homepage

List of publications using SIPP

Censuscope -- part of the University of Michigan project making census data easier for students t use.

Social Science Data Archives (McGraw-Hill and Wisconsin)

AmeriStat was developed by the Population Reference Bureau in partnership with University of Michigan demographer Bill Frey and his colleagues at the University of Michigan's Social Science Data Analysis Network. AmeriStat gives instant summaries - in graphics and text - of the demographic characteristics of the U.S. population: U.S. Population Data --organized by SSDAN (one stop shopping on population data)

All of the SSDAN census datasets were constructed so that they might be accessed with StudentCHIP software. By going to the Getting Started section of this website, you can learn right away how to access datasets in StudentCHIP. You can also request a trial version of StudentCHIP via this Website, which comes bundled with many sample. [text from website]

SSDAN exercise modules -- several on economics - (From SSCAN website)

Tony Catanese - DePauw College
Income Differences


Income differences can be measured narrowly or broadly. A narrow definition might include only work for which pay is received, what economists call earnings, which can range from an hour to a year to a lifetime. A less narrow definition of income could add to earnings "unearned" income, which includes sources such as transfer payments, interest and dividends, or capital gains. An even broader definition of income would include wealth, which uses assets and liabilities. Regardless of how one measures income and their differences, the fundamental issues are the same: Why are there income differences within and among countries and what are their patterns? For example, there is a raging public debate about the growing income inequality and decline of the middle class in the United States?

Robert Gitter
Ohio Wesleyan University

Labor Economics and Problems

This module will explore three separate issues pertaining to the study of economics. The first involves human capital and earnings. Students will put the theory of human capital to the test in an examination of educational attainment and its role in determining earnings. The second issue involves company-provided training. In this section of the module, students will consider such employee characteristics as salary, benefits received, and education in determining who is a likely candidate for such training. Finally, students will turn their attention to one of the most profound changes in the American economy: the shifts in labor force participation rates over time.

Michael Rendall
Cornell University

Household/Family Demography

This module will be used with a course on the structure of the family and households in the population and over peoples lifetimes, with a primary focus on the United Sates. The main dimensions of family and household structure are marital status of adults and presence of children. Additional dimensions include the labor force status of adults in the household, and the presence of other persons in the household, such as elderly parents and adult children. With the use of Census data, students will learn how to read and conduct demographic analyses of family and household structure, its changes over time, and differences by race/ethnicity, education, and economic status.


U.S. Historical Census Data browser


Lesson plans using census data

Manfred Kuechler, Hunter College (CUNY), Version: 9 January 2002
"Using Available Data in Social Research: Retrieval via the Web"

the whyfiles- (nsf science behind the news)

Tips for extracting census data