Integrated employer-employee data: New resources for regional data analysis

Julia Lane, Bryce Stephens

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Confidentiality-protected and integrated employer-employee microdata - including worker and firm demographics, worker attachments to firms, earnings, and precise coding of location of place of work and place of residence - have been used to investigate a variety of questions in economics and demography. The rich geographic dimension of these integrated microdata, however, has yet to be fully exploited by the regional science community. This article describes the structure, applications, and confidentiality protections of integrated employer-employee microdata housed at the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. The LEHD Program makes use of administrative records from nearly the entire universe of existing firms and workers for forty participating states. The broad coverage of economic agents in conjunction with the precise coding of geography makes the data particularly suitable for addressing issues in urban and rural economic development, agglomeration and growth, economic geography, and spatial econometrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-277
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Matched employer employee data
  • Place of work information
  • Regional science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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