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Automated Linking of Historical Data

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, Katherine Eriksson, James J. Feigenbaum, Santiago Pérez

NBER Working Paper No. 25825
Issued in May 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Jaime Arellano-Bover, Helen Kissel, and Tom Zohar for superb research assistance and useful comments and conversations, and to Horace Lee and Antigone Xenopoulos for help with data collection. We are grateful to Alvaro Calderón, Jacob Conway, John Parman, Laura Salisbury and Marianne Wanamaker for their most useful comments and suggestions. We are grateful to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for financial support. We especially wish to thank Joe Price and Jacob Van Leeuwen from the BYU Record Linking Lab for comparing linkages made using our codes to the hand linkages made by users in the Family Tree Data on the FamilySearch.org website. Leah Boustan acknowledges research support from the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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