Mining Microdata:

economic opportunity and spatial mobility
in Britain, Canada and The United States, 1850-1911

Supported by

Partnership: The United States

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Evan Roberts, Assistant Professor of History and Population Studies

Roles: US principal investigator, project management, supervision of programmers for United States and Great Britain data linkage, occupational and social class classification, and analysis of data for manuscript preparation

Steven Ruggles, Professor of History and Population Studies, and Director of the Minnesota Population Center

Roles: Analysis of data and manuscript preparation

John Robert Warren, Professor of Sociology

Roles: Occupational and social class classification, and analysis of data for manuscript preparation

Jaideep Srivastava, Professor of Computer Sciences and Engineering

Roles: Development of methods for data linkage in complete count datasets. Expertise in machine learning and support vector machines

Rebecca Vick, Research Fellow, Minnesota Population Center

Roles: Preparation of cross-sectional and linked census data files. Analysis of linked census data files

Tom Lynch

Roles: Development and implementation of programmes for linking individuals across censuses in the United States and Great Britain

Evan Roberts coordinated the NAPP project for most of the past decade, and he is Principal Investigator of a project to create complete-count microdata from the 1850 U. S. census. Roberts’ Ph. D. dissertation on female labor-force participation made extensive use of the NAPP data collection. Steven Ruggles, a historical demographer who has published on migration in both Britain and the United States, is responsible for developing complete-count microdata from the 1880 U. S. census, as well as numerous census samples. Jaideep Srivastava and Rebecca Vick contribute expertise in data mining and record-linkage technology. Finally, John Robert Warren has extensive experience in the modeling and measurement of occupational status and intergenerational mobility.

Partnership: Great Britain | Canada