A protocol signed between Statistics Portugal (Instituto Nacional de Estatística - INE), the Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) and the Direção-Geral de Estatísticas da Educação e Ciência do Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior (DGEEC-MCTES) gives researchers access to a collection of microdata sets for Portugal. The data includes detailed information on households, workers and firms, allowing in many cases for the construction of longitudinal data. The information released under this protocol is a fundamental for the understanding of the Portuguese society and economy and for the design of effective public policies.
Portuguese institutions collect a wide array of data that can be used for research purposes. The most important institutions leading this effort are undoubtedly Statistics Portugal (INE) and Banco de Portugal but there many other data owners and data producers, mostly belonging to the public administration, that are also willing to share their data with researchers. The type of data that is available ranges from simple data collections to very rich and detailed census-like administrative micro data sets that can be assembled into very long panels.