Rotating Panel Labor Force Surveys

Economists Kevin Donovan, Will Lu, and Todd Schoellman collected and harmonized individual-level data from government labor force surveys for their recent working paper “Labor Market Dynamics and Development”. The full set includes data on 67 million people in 42 countries over two consecutive quarters. 
 
Now the team has made the dataset openly available. The data allow researchers to observe how individuals move between employment states – self-employment, wage work, unemployment, inactivity – and how those flows vary by gender, education level, occupation, and other variables. 
 
This is an ongoing project and the dataset is expected to grow as governments release further data. Eventually the dataset may shine light on the effects of Covid-19 on labor force participation, allowing researchers to observe how labor market dynamics vary and how the economic recovery progresses across countries.