ICPSR data used in New York Times blog

Writing in the New York Times’ Economix blog, Harvard professor Edward L. Glaeser uses data from ICPSR in an analysis of the relationship between jobs, training, and the climate of counties throughout the U.S.

Glaeser cites ICPSR Study 2896, Historical, Demographic, Economic and Social Data: The United States 1790-2002 by principal investigator Michael Haines. The data include mean monthly temperatures for various locations, which Glaeser correlates to population growth and job skills.

Glaeser describes a "longstanding pattern" in which skills are connected to population growth, and warmer areas (using mean January temperature as the measure) see more rapid population growth.