ICPSR data archive


Data description

icpsr2020The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains a large-scale, multi-disciplinary data repository, hosted at the University of Michigan since 1962.

In April 2020, ICPSR launched a new archive for data examining the social, behavioral, public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The ICPSR data catalogue contains over 10,000 studies associated with approximately 80,000 datasets. Core datasets from ICPSR are downloaded by EUI Library administrator, following EUI user request (details below). ICPSR provides data in the following thematic areas:

  1. Census Enumerations: historical and contemporary population characteristics
  2. Community and Urban Studies
  3. Conflict, Aggression, Violence and Wars
  4. Economic Behavior and Attitudes
  5. Education
  6. Elites and Leadership
  7. Geography and Environment
  8. Government Structures, Policies and Capabilities
  9. Health Care and Facilities
  10. Instructional Packages
  11. International Systems: linkages, relationships and events
  12. Legal Systems
  13. Legislative and Deliberative Bodies
  14. Mass Political Behavior and Attitudes
  15. Organizational Behavior
  16. Social Indicators
  17. Social Institutions and Behavior
  18. Publication-Related Archive
  19. External Data Resources


Time period
  • The ICPSR archive was founded in 1962. Many historical time-series have earlier start-dates
  • Coverage for each dataset is indicated in the ICPSR data catalogue.


Support links


How to access data

Locate the required ICPSR study number(s) in the ICPSR data catalogue.

Send the study number(s) by email to:

- [email protected] (for members of the SPS Department)
- [email protected] (for all other departments and centres).

Requestors should indicate the format in which the data should be delivered (Stata, SPSS, SAS &c.). Available formats are indicated on the individual data catalogue record for each dataset.

EUI members should only use ~eui.eu mail accounts to request data. Following confirmation of the requestor's EUI status, data is made available via restricted server or (for larger datasets) via users' desktops.

Instructions on using ZIP files to compress and decompress data are on this ICT page.

Users should read the ICPSR Responsible Use Statement before requesting access to data.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]


Page last updated on 03 June 2021

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