, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 287–297

Big Microdata for Population Research


DOI: 10.1007/s13524-013-0240-2

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Ruggles, S. Demography (2014) 51: 287. doi:10.1007/s13524-013-0240-2


This article describes an explosion in the availability of individual-level population data. By 2018, demographic researchers will have access to over 2 billion records of accessible microdata from over 100 countries, dating from 1703 to the present. Another 2 to 4 billion records will be available through restricted-access data enclaves. These new resources represent a new kind of data that will enable transformative research on demographic and economic change and the spatial organization of society.


Microdata Big data Censuses 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minnesota Population CenterUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA