IPUMS Now Has Harmonized Data on Youth Health and Risk Behaviors

IPUMS is offering harmonized versions of two important youth health surveys: the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). This work was done in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago and with funding from the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products. Funding did not include a dissemination system, but IPUMS and NORC did not want this valuable work to be lost, so interested researchers may download a single file for each dataset that harmonizes all variables and contains all available years of data (as of June 2017).

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IPUMS FAQs: Why isn’t the large U.S. city I’m interested in analyzing identifiable in the data?

At IPUMS we try to address every user’s questions and suggestions about our data. It is just one feature that adds value to IPUMS data. Over time, many questions are often repeated. In this blog series, we will be sharing some of these frequently asked questions. Maybe you’ll learn something, or perhaps you’ll just find these interesting. Regardless, we hope you enjoy.

Here’s one of those questions:

Why isn’t the large U.S. city I’m interested in analyzing identifiable in the data?

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A substantial IPUMS contingent traveled to Cape Town, South Africa for the IUSSP International Population Conference (IPC) from October 29th to November 3rd, 2017.  This conference happens once every four years in rotating international locations, bringing together demographers and population scientists from hundreds of universities and research organizations around the world. A number of IPUMS-affiliated students, faculty, and researchers presented research or organized paper sessions at the conference.

  • IPUMS research staff members Matt Sobek, Kristen Jeffers, and Rodrigo Lovaton presented papers describing enhancements to and applications of IPUMS data.
  • MPC graduate student trainees Maryia Bakhtsiyarava and Anna Bolgrien presented pieces of their doctoral research.  
  • Faculty Members Liz Boyle, Audrey Dorélien, Dave Hacker, and Rob Warren presented research.
  • Deborah Levison and Ragui Assad organized, chaired, and served as discussants in sessions related to labor force participation.

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