Rotating Panel Labor Force Surveys

The Rotating Panel Labor Force Surveys provide access to the data used in Donovan, Lu, and Schoellman (2023). It is maintained by the three authors, Kevin DonovanWill Lu, and Todd Schoellman. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions about the data, or are aware of any data we are missing, please email them at [email protected].

Dataset basics:

The data provided are derived by harmonising the individual-level responses in rotating panel labour force surveys conducted by governments around the world. These surveys track individuals for (at least) two consecutive quarters, allowing the authors to construct flows between employment statuses. The current database includes roughly 80 million observations from 49 countries with real GDP per capita ranging from $3,000 to $70,000.

Micro data access:

Unfortunately the authors are unable to provide the underlying micro data due to agreements with various statistical agencies. If you are interested in accessing the micro data, see the Micro Data Availability page for more details. Most can be found online with a bit of searching, though the monetary and time costs vary by country. The underlying code to clean and harmonise the data is available on the Codes and Documentation page.

Access to data not available on this page:

Any requests for additional disaggregation can be made through the Requests page. The authors are happy to provide them assuming they (1) have the data and (2) are allowed to under agreed-upon sharing rules. Requests that violate #2 will generally be narrow data cuts that decrease cell size to an unacceptably small level.

Find more information and access the data on the dataset website here.

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