I'm looking for Shape files that match up with the OECD TL3 US regions. I've tried contacting the OECD but they have not replied.

so, i followed the links in the OECD document (below) where they are meant to explain reference shape files. However, they reported that they used the 'Census Bureau, 2015 Cartographic Boundary Shapefiles - Counties'. This is not right

It seems that the admin names used by the OECD are from different sources - i've combined all of the shape files from the cencus Bureau site (e.g. County District, Division, Statistical Area etc) and quered these against the OECD region names, but i only get 100 matches out of a possible 170 oecd region names.

Can anyone help?


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    those look like cbsa, census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cbf/cbf_msa.html – albert Mar 20 '18 at 20:16
  • thanks, yes i tried those they only partially match, god knows what the oecd used – Matthew J Watts Mar 23 '18 at 14:21
  • what doesn't match? – albert Mar 23 '18 at 14:50
  • Thanks albert, i get 75 matches out of a possible 182 with the cbsa files (all years) and 22/23 (all years) with the cba files. – Matthew J Watts Mar 28 '18 at 10:06
  • anyway you can share that? hard to help without knowing what you mean. – albert Mar 28 '18 at 17:03

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