IPUMS International Team

Lara Cleveland

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IPUMS Data Projects

Research Interests and Project Expertise

Data and methods; occupations and work; sociology of law


I am a senior research scientist, directing activities of the IPUMS International census and survey project. My role on IPUMS International increasing centers around strategic planning, new data development, and partner relations. I hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. I joined IPUMS in 2005 to work on occupational variables in historical censuses and transitioned to IPUMS International in 2008.

My research interests include data and methods; geographic variable harmonization and development; organizations, occupations, and work; and global standardization practices. I have worked on teams that spearheaded work on variance estimation, sample documentation, geographic harmonization, household asset indices, the secure access research data enclave, and the development of teaching materials for IPUMS.

Selected Works

Sobek, Matthew and Lara Cleveland. 2017. "IPUMS Approach to Harmonizing International Census and Survey Data." Working Paper 31 from the Conference of European Statisticians, Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses. Geneva: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. ECE/CES/GE.41/2017/31.

Jeffers, Kristen, Miriam King, Lara Cleveland, and Patricia Kelly Hall. 2017. "Data Resource Profile: IPUMS-International." International Journal of Epidemiology 46(2).

Ruggles, Steven, Robert McCaa, Matthew Sobek, and Lara Cleveland. 2015. "The IPUMS Collaboration: Integrating and Disseminating the World's Census Microdata." Journal of Demographic Economics 81(2): 203-216.

McCaa, Robert, Lara Cleveland, Patricia Kelly Hall, Steven Ruggles, and Matthew Sobek. 2015. "Statistical coherence of primary schooling in IPUMS-International integrated population samples for China, India, Vietnam, and ten other Asia-Pacific countries." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 333-355.

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