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ECON 395: Economics of Inequality

For Prof. Prathi Seneviratne - Fall 2020

Noting Data Sources in the Literature

At the very first stages of your literature review, start taking notes on potential data sources.  Make a habit of jotting down the data used in each study you read to make it faster when you come back later in your search for data.  Also, this practice can help you see and articulate how your contribution is unique.  You might want to keep these notes in a table like the following for easy reference.

Author(s) and Year of Publication Claim Data Dependent Variable/Estimation Technique Significant Findings
     

 

 

For an editable table like the one above, open this spreadsheet, save a copy for yourself, then use it to track your literature.

Comparing Variables Across Datasets

In your search for data you may need to compare similar questions from several surveys. Below is a grid to help you keep track of this process.

Data Archives and Data Catalogs

See also

Sites with Research Articles and Data

Search these portals to search across many sites at once. Items are usually selected for inclusion based on their relevance and quality.