The user can access the information collected by this survey through microdata. PME-Antiga microdata files are separated by month, metropolitan area and type of register (individual and household). PME-Nova contains a single file for each month including individual and household information for all metropolitan areas.
Data Zoom offers a package for each version of PME. Each package contains a tool for reading the microdata through STATA, generating STATA format files (.dta). All variables are named as suggested by IBGE’s dictionary. Data Zoom provides an English version of the original dictionaries for download. In order to use the package, the user must first obtain the microdata related to the rounds she is interested in. Data Zoom does not provide these data. For PME-Nova (March 2002 onwards), all microdata and documentation are available from IBGE’s website. For information on how to acquire other waves, click here.