Minnesota Population Center

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The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a university-wide interdisciplinary research center at the University of Minnesota. MPC was established in 2000, absorbing two earlier population research organizations.[1] The primary goals of the center are to foster large-scale cross-disciplinary research collaborations and to provide shared infrastructure for demographic research.[2] The center now has 100 faculty affiliates[3] from 10 University of Minnesota Colleges,[4] over 50 graduate student affiliates[5] and 120 administrative and research staff.[6]

The primary activity of MPC is demographic research; work at the center is divided into eight major themes:[7]

  • Large-scale demographic data infrastructure
  • Work, family, and time-use
  • Historical demography
  • Education, labor, and the life-course
  • Healthcare access and health disparities
  • Census and survey methodology
  • Unions and sexuality
  • Population and environment

MPC is the producer and distributor of the world's largest demographic data collections.[8] These data collections include the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS),[9] the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS),[10] the North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP),[11] and the Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS).[12] Over 40,000 demographic researchers worldwide are registered to use these data collections.[8]

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  1. ^ "History and Philosophy of the Minnesota Population Center". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ "By-Laws and Mission of the Minnesota Population Center". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Members of the Minnesota Population Center". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  4. ^ "About MPC". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Graduate Student Members of the Minnesota Population Center". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  6. ^ "MPC Staff". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Research Themes of the Minnesota Population Center". University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  8. ^ a b Matthew Sobek; Lara Cleveland; Sarah Flood; Patricia Kelly Hall; Miriam L. King; Steven Ruggles; Matthew Schroeder, "Big Data: Large-Scale Historical Infrastructure from the Minnesota Population Center." Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 44:2 (2011), pages 61-68.
  9. ^ Steven Ruggles; Matthew Sobek; Miriam L. King; Carolyn Liebler; Catherine A. Fitch, "IPUMS Redesign," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 36:1 (2003), pages 9-19.
  10. ^ Catherine Fitch and Steven Ruggles, "Building the National Historical Geographic Information System," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 36:1 (2003), pages 41-51.
  11. ^ Steven Ruggles; Evan Roberts; Sula Sarkar; Matthew Sobek, "The North Atlantic Population Project: Progress and Prospects," Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 44:1 (2011), pages 1-6.
  12. ^ Pamela J. Johnson, Lynn A. Blewett, Steven Ruggles, Michael E. Davern, and Miriam L. King, “Four Decades of Population Health Data: The Integrated Health Interview Series.” Epidemiology, 19:6 (2008), pages 872-875.

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