Compensation Research & Program Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  1. How can I obtain copies of the research papers?
  2. Are there opportunities to be a full-time or visiting researcher at BLS?
  3. How can I obtain access to OCWC microdata?
  4. How can I learn more about the research that is conducted by the staff?

How can I obtain copies of the research papers?

The BLS working papers are available on the website at www.bls.gov/osmr/workpapers_catalog.htm. The Monthly Labor Review articles are available on the MLR website at www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/mlrhome.htm. Many of the published papers are available to subscribers at JSTOR. The unpublished papers can be obtained by contacting the authors directly.

Are there opportunities to be a full-time or visiting researcher at BLS?

How can I obtain access to OCWC microdata?

BLS has opportunities available on a limited basis for researchers from colleges and universities, government, and eligible nonprofit organizations to obtain access to BLS data files not available on public-use or the NLS geocode files. These confidential files are available for use only at the BLS National Office in Washington, DC, on statistical research projects approved by BLS. Access to data is subject to the availability of space and resources at BLS.

A list of the statistical research projects accessing OCWC microdata that were accepted in the period 2010 to 2012 is provided here; OCWC accepted microdata research, 2010-2012 .

For more information about how to request access to these and other confidential data files, please see Researcher Access to Confidential Data Files at the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/bls/blsresda.htm.

How can I learn more about the research that is conducted by the staff?

Research economists on the staff are currently conducting research in a wide variety of areas. Many of the staff present their research at academic conferences, such as the Allied Social Sciences Association meetings, the Society of Labor Economists meetings, and the Joint Statistical Meetings. In conjunction with the OEUS research group, the Compensation Research Group runs a seminar series to which it invites outside researchers to present their papers.

Last Modified Date: January 9, 2013

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