IPUMS Goes to IUSSP

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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IPUMS FAQs: Why don’t my calculations perfectly match official statistics?

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 don’t my calculations perfectly match official statistics?

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Researchers Study How Context Affects Health with New IPUMS DHS Variables

Are you interested in how environmental or social contexts affect women’s and children’s health and behavior? IPUMS-DHS now makes it easy to investigate such questions. Using GPS coordinates, we’ve linked contextual variables drawn from many data sources directly to individual DHS respondent records. All context variables describe the features of a small geographic area (5-10 kilometers) surrounding each DHS cluster location.

By doing the technical stuff for you, we’ve freed you up to focus on your important substantive questions—like how climate change influences human health and survival. Our innovation eliminates the need for you to buy or learn geographic software. Even if you’re an ARCGIS whiz, the new IPUMS DHS’ linked data will make your research process simpler and faster.

What new data are available?

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