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Microdata available in the Data Lab

Find out what microdata is available through the Data Lab about people, households, and businesses.

To gain access to microdata in the Data Lab, applicants must successfully prove their research projects are for bona fide research purposes that are in the public interest. Researchers will only be given access to data that is essential for their project, and this data can only be accessed in secure Data Lab locations

See Using the Data Lab for information about the application process.

Integrated data

Researchers using integrated data need quantitative research skills and the ability to query large datasets based on their parameters of interest. If using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) or Longitudinal Business Database (LBD), intermediate SQL coding skills are strongly recommended. Most researchers code in SAS or SQL, while others prefer coding in R or Stata.

Integrated Data Infrastructure

The IDI is a linked longitudinal database that contains person-centred data from a range of government agencies, Statistics NZ surveys including the 2013 Census, and non-government organisations.

See Data in the IDI for more details about IDI content.

Longitudinal Business Database

The LBD is a linked longitudinal database that contains business-centred data from a range of government agencies and Statistics NZ surveys. It can be used in conjunction with person-centred data in the IDI. Access is restricted to government researchers.

See Longitudinal Business Database for more details about LBD content.

Other data

These datasets are in SAS format but can be converted to Stata.

Email access2microdata@stats.govt.nz to view any metadata not available below.

Census data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 1976, 1981, 2006, 2013
What the data is about: People and dwellings in New Zealand. It takes a snapshot of the people in New Zealand. For more information, see Census. For metadata about the 2013 Census, see IDI Data Dictionary: 2013 Census data (note: some variables are only applicable to the IDI). Metadata before 2013 available on request.

Longitudinal census data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006
What the data is about: Linked census datasets that form a longitudinal data source, which helps improve our understanding of aspects of population change over time. For more information, see Linking censuses: New Zealand longitudinal census 1981–2006. Metadata available on request.

Disability Survey data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2013
What the data is about: The number of disabled children and adults living in New Zealand. Find out about the nature and cause of impairments, the type of support needed, and how well disabled people are faring compared with non-disabled people. For more information, see Disabilities. Metadata available on request.

General Social Survey (GSS) data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2008, 2010, 2012
What the data is about: The well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. It covers a wide range of social and economic outcomes and shows how people are faring. For more information, see New Zealand General Social Survey. Metadata available on request.

Household Economic Survey (HES) data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2006–13
What the data is about: Household expenditure and income, and a wide range of demographic information on individuals and households. Purchases recorded by households include fruit and vegetables, footwear and cars, and spending on services such as electricity, telecommunications, and health. The survey also asks for detail on household sources of income – for example, wages and salaries, self-employment, investments, or benefits. For more information, see Household Economic Survey. Additional metadata available on request.

Longitudinal Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2004–08
What the data is about: Information on respondents in New Zealand who are in paid employment, unemployed, and not in the labour force. Includes information on occupations and industries, income and net worth, types of work, and employment conditions. For more information, see Household Labour Force Survey. For metadata, see IDI Data Dictionary: Household Labour Force Survey (note: some variables are only applicable to the IDI). Additional metadata available on request.

Survey of Family, Income, and Employment (SoFIE) data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2002–10
What the data is about: Information on respondents' work, family, household circumstances, income, and net worth. SoFIE is a longitudinal survey, meaning respondents were revisited over a period of eight years, or ‘waves’, to build a picture of how their circumstances changed during this time. For more information, see Survey of Family, Income, and Employment (SoFIE). Additional metadata available on request.

Survey of Working Life data

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2008, 2012
What the data is about: Work arrangements, working conditions, and job satisfaction in New Zealand. For more information, see Survey of Working Life. Metadata available on request.

Te Kupenga

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2013
What the data is about: A wide range of topics to give an overall picture of the social, cultural, and economic well-being of Māori in New Zealand. The survey also provides information about the health of the Māori language and culture. For more information, see Te Kupenga. Metadata available on request.

Time Use Survey

Source: Statistics NZ
Time: 2009/10
What the data is about: People’s behaviour, standard of living, social roles, work-life balance, and social well-being. For more information, see Time Use Survey. Metadata available on request.

Updated 21 July 2016

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