Part of CADRE’s mission to support, enhance and advance data or computationally intensive research in economics involves helping researchers understand new or complicated datasets.

To that end, we are collecting and contributing information about various datasets used in economics and other social sciences to reduce startup costs and improve efficiency for research and policy analysis. Moreover, where possible, we host the data and offer it in an accessible user interface that provides both new and experienced researcher with a streamlined way to download and use the data.  

The fundamental framework for this curated content is this Data Museum as outlined in the paper, Content Curation for Research: A Framework for Building a Data Museum. The organization for the museum is based on datasets. Our current exhibits include the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

If you are interested in contributing to an existing Data Museum Room or you would like to curate a new Museum Room, please contact



Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 60,000 U.S. households. The survey collects labor force characteristics and a variety demographic information from respondents. Designed as a nationally representative survey, the CPS data is the source for many key labor market indicators and the official source of the unemployment rate. The CPS is also used to calculate other labor market statistics including: labor force participation, hours worked, class of worker, industry, occupation, and reasons for unemployment.


Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is an important data resource for economists in answering questions about wages, labor force history, and participation in federal programs. The SIPP follows a nationally representative sample of households in the civilian non institutionalized U.S. population. All members of the household who are 15 years of age or older are interviewed throughout the life of the panel. Data is collected on a monthly basis between a core set of survey questions and topical modules which gather more detailed information on topics ranging from assets to disability to work history. 

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