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  Public Use Microdata: Disclosure and Usefulness
Title: Public Use Microdata: Disclosure and Usefulness
Author: McGuckin, Robert H.
Nguyen, Sang V.
Appeared in: Journal of economic and social measurement
Paging: Volume 16 (2014) nr. 1 pages 19-39
Year: 2014-03-11
Contents: Official statistical agencies such as the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics collect enormous quantities of microdata in statistical surveys. These data are valuable for economic research and market and policy analysis. However, the data cannot be released to the public because of confidentiality commitments to individual respondents. These commitments, coupled with the strong research demand for microdata, have led the agencies to consider various proposals for releasing public use microdata. Most proposals for public use microdata call for the development of surrogate data that disguise the original data. Thus, they involve the addition of measurement errors to the data. In this paper, we examine disclosure issues and explore alternative masking methods for generating panels of useful economic microdata which can be released to researchers. While our analysis applies to all confidential microdata, applications using the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Research Data Base (LRD) are used for illustrative purposes throughout the discussion.
Publisher: IOS Press
Source file: Elektronische Wetenschappelijke Tijdschriften

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