IPUMS Data Projects
- Historical Census Projects
Research Interests and Project Expertise
International Population Data Integration; Occupational Structure; Demographic Data Infrastructure
I began working with population microdata in graduate school and co-authored the first full version of IPUMS with Dr. Steven Ruggles in 1997. I wrote my PhD dissertation on historical occupational structure using the integrated U.S. census data. After completing my doctoral work, I went to the University of California, Riverside to become managing editor of the 5-volume Millennial Edition of the Historical Statistics of the United States.
In 2001, I returned to manage IPUMS-International. I have since had a hand in numerous census and survey data integration projects. My most recent work has been methodological and oriented toward improving and documenting the IPUMS infrastructure.
Sobek, Matthew. 2016. Data Prospects: IPUMS-International." In Michael White, ed., International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution. New York: Springer, 157-174.
Sobek, Matthew et al. 2011. "Big Data: Large-Scale Historical Infrastructure from the Minnesota Population Center."Historical Methods 44: 61-68.
Esteve, Albert, and Matthew Sobek. 2003. "Challenges and Methods of International Census Harmonization." Historical Methods 36: 66-70.