Survey of Household Spending

In February it was mentioned on a Statistics Canada email list that no public use microdata files will be produced for the 2010 and 2011 Survey of Household Spending, “due to resource constraints”.  The Survey of Household Spending is an important resource for social and economic researchers – seeing what families actually need to spend to live in different parts of Canada is important for social policy, among other things.

I’m personally going to be stuck without this one – it’s a favourite for showing finance and economics students the utility of microdata, for getting them into quantitative research.  Determined faculty and grad students with lots of time on their hands can still access master files in the Research Data Centres, of course, but that’s a far more inconvenient option, and lacking the pumf makes it more difficult to plan their research. It’s as if there was some sort of intent to make social policy research as difficult as possible…

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