Catalog of Administrative Data Sets

Administrative data are information collected, used, and stored primarily for administrative (i.e., operational), rather than research, purposes. These data can be an excellent source of information for use in research and impact evaluation. Specific requirements and processes for obtaining data vary by data source. To assist researchers in screening potential data sources, J-PAL North America has cataloged a number of key US data sets. The catalog documents procedures on how to access data based on information provided by the originating agencies.

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Used by a J-PAL affiliate for a randomized evaluation.
First year for which the data set is available.
State or province
Personally identifiable information is available such that data may be linked to external data sources.
11 result(s)
  • Labor Markets

California Unemployment Insurance (UI) Earning Data

State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Information on pre-UI employment, wage records, and UI benefits for workers in California.
  • Labor Markets

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Rental Assistance Program Data

Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) Public Housing Agencies (PHAs)
Household-level and/or member-level data on residents who participate in HUD’s housing rental assistance programs, such as public housing, housing choice vouchers, and multifamily housing (including project-based section 8).
  • Labor Markets

Illinois State Unemployment Insurance Program Data

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
Information on employees on Unemployment Insurance (UI) collected from individuals, employers, and workforce service providers in the course of administering unemployment insurance programs and benefits in the state of Illinois.
  • Education
  • Labor Markets

Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS)

Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS)
The Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center (MLDSC) creates a data set that is comprised of individual-level student and workforce data from several state agencies data providers. MLDSC is independent from the agencies that provide the data.
  • Labor Markets

Maryland Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Records

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) The Jacob France Institute (JFI) at the University of Baltimore
Quarterly wage data of employees, collected by employers and submitted to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
  • Labor Markets

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Records

Unemployment Insurance Agency (UI), Talent Investment Agency (TIA)
Personal information, wages, and other remuneration of individuals that are receiving, have received, or have applied for unemployment insurance benefits in the State of Michigan.
  • Labor Markets

National Change of Address (NCOA)

United States Postal Service (USPS) Infogroup
Infogroup provides national change of address data as a NCOALink® Full Service Provider Licensee. This individual-level information includes comprehensive residential data like names, home value, years in residence, and location.
  • Labor Markets

New York State Unemployment Insurance Wage Record System Data

New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
Quarterly earnings data of employees, collected by employers, and submitted to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
  • Labor Markets

Seattle/King County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD)
Seattle/King County's HMIS records encounters with services providers and programs that serve those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness within Seattle and King County.
  • Labor Markets

Social Security Administration Data

Social Security Administration (SSA)
Earnings and benefits data from the Social Security Administration. Includes information on applications for Social Security numbers; annual earnings; and receipt of old age, survivor and disability insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).