Mining Microdata: Economic Opportunity and Spatial Mobility in Britain, Canada and the United States, 1850-1911

This project will make use of novel data-mining technology to exploit one of the largest population databases in the world, a vast collection of harmonized 19th and early 20th century census microdata from Britain, Canada, and the United States originally digitized for genealogical research. The goal is to shed light on the impact of economic opportunity and spatial mobility on social structure in Europe and North America.

Principal Investigators

Evan Roberts, University of Minnesota, US, NSF
Kevin Schürer, University of Leicester, UK, AHRC/ESRC/JISC
Kris E. Inwood, University of Guelph, CAN, SSHRC
Additional participating institutions: University of Alberta, Université de Montréal, University of Essex