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ECON 395: Economics of Housing

For Prof. Aaron Swoboda - Fall 2019

Data Reference Worksheet

When searching for data it can feel like there is no method and you are just casting about.  When we meet to discuss finding data, it can help to know that we are discussing a framework laid out in this worksheet.

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.