Creating an Integrated Longitudinal Person and Household Dataset by Linking State-based Administrative Data

Report by Deven Carlson, Robert Havemen, Barbara Wolfe, Kyong Wan Kang, Hannah Miller
July 2015

This paper documents the linking of education data to an integrated data system (Multi-Sample Person File) on employment and social assistance receipt for students and households in the State of Wisconsin for a research project. As the authors describe: "The purpose of this paper is to document the long and difficult process that we have worked through in our formation of a reliable linked administrative data set, created from numerous databases available from several public agencies. Our hope is that our experience in confronting and solving the numerous issues in constructing a reliable single dataset from numerous and unrelated administrative databases will be of help to others considering this research strategy."

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Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin Madison