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United States

Area resource file (ARF): national county-level health resource information database, 2004 ed.

A database containing more than 6,000 variables for U.S. counties. ARF contains information on health facilities, health professions, measures of resource scarcity, health status, economic activity, health training programs, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. In addition, the basic file contains geographic codes and descriptors which enable it to be linked to many other files and to aggregate counties into various geographic groupings.

Basic economics

The database contains over 9,000 monthly, quarterly, and annual time series ending with the latest available observation and going back to 1946, if available. Historical editions of the database are also available and time series may go back even further in these editions. The data are on a national level, taken from over one hundred U.S. Government and private publications. All revisions (of data, concepts, and coverage) made by source agencies are incorporated into the databank.

Comparative Welfare States Dataset, 2014 ed.

The data contained in this data set were collected by a project entitled "Comparative Welfare States in the 21st Century" directed by David Brady, Evelyne Huber, and John D. Stephens. The project was supported in 2011-13 by grants from the National Science Foundation ("Collaborative Research: Comparative Welfare States: A Public Use Archival Dataset,” SES 1059959 and 1061007). Additional support was provided by the Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professorship and the Margaret and Paul A. Johnston Professorships (funding the Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr.

USA counties 1998

Variables include: population by race and age group, vital statistics incl. births, deaths and infant deaths, public school enrollment, educational attainment, local government finances, federal funds and grants, social security (SSA) benefits and income, civilian labour force, personal income, household income, poverty, commercial banks and savings institutions, private nonfarm establishments, new private housing units authorized, retail trade.

Baldwin-Green study: Canada-US census of industry 1867-1940

This study matches Canadian and US manufacturing industries at the 2-digit SIC code level for census years 1900 to 1940. Canadian figures start at 1870. Only general figures were recorded, such as: number of employees number of establishments salary and wages gross production cost of input materials gross value added The project does have some drawbacks, such as the lack of US figures gross production, cost of materials, and lack of figures for the iron and steel industry. But for an aggregate comparison of the two countries, the numbers can be considered reliable.

County and city data books

This resource provides access to the 1944 through 2000 County and City Data Books. This service provides the opportunity to create custom printouts and/or customized data subsets (subsets only available for 1988-2000). The data presented for the 1944-1983 editions was obtained through ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.