Economist Data Webinar Series for current and prospective researchers

Economists from the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau will be hosting a series of webinars about datasets that are available through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. Current and prospective researchers are encouraged to attend.
Skype Link:
Participant Dial-in number: 800-988-0224
Participant passcode: 2684731
Note: Call-in links and numbers may change after the first webinar. Contact your RDC administrator for updated information.

Thursday, Sept. 27 – The Business Register and General Data Tips
Speaker: C.J. Krizan
Time: 2-3pm ET
The Business Register (BR) is a comprehensive database of business establishments in the United States and provides resources for the U.S. Census Bureau’s economic programs for sample selection, research, and survey operations.
Thursday, Nov. 1 – The Longitudinal Foreign Trade Transaction Database
Speaker: Fariha Kamal
Time: 2-3pm ET
The Longitudinal Foreign Trade Transaction Database (LFTTD) has two components: 1)
Transaction-level export data linked to information on firms operating in the United States, and 2) Transaction-level import data linked to information on firms operating in the United States.
Thursday, Nov. 8 – The Longitudinal Business Database
Speaker: Kristin McCue
Time: 2-3pm ET
The Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) contains the universe of all U.S. business
establishments with paid employees from 1976 to 2016, with longitudinal linkages and birth and death years.
Thursday, Nov. 13 – The Census of Manufactures and Thoughts on Imputation
Speaker: Kirk White
Time: 2-3pm ET
Data for the manufacturing sector are provided for payroll, number of workers, cost of fuels, cost of electricity, energy consumed, cost of materials, purchased services, capital expenditures, depreciation, value of inventories, and value of total and product shipments.

2018 Annual Conference of the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC)

Annual Conference of the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers
Hosted by the Pennsylvania State University FSRDC
Penn Stater Conference Center
September 7, 2018

Wisconsin presentations include:

The Effect of Electricity Price Changes on Manufacturing Investment by Sarah Johnston (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Establishment Dynamics in Agricultural Support Services: Entry, Exit, and Growth Since 2002 by Brent Hueth (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Please click on this link to find the complete Conference Program.

New Project from UW-Whitewater

Wenquan Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Wisconsin Whitewater.  He is currently working on the project:

Improving Estimates for Post-2000 Small Area Data

Social scientists are interested in characterizing demographic composition and socioeconomic conditions of neighborhoods, documenting trends in the neighborhood characteristics over time, and studying the consequences of living in segregated neighborhoods. However, this research is hindered by the problem of small area estimation (SAE). The SAE problem has increased due to the reduced sample sizes in the American Community Survey (ACS) compared to the decennial census long-form data.

This project concerns two aspects of the SAE problem. One concern is the large confidence intervals around point estimates of characteristics of individual tracts. Another concern, less understood, is the estimates of variation across tracts. These can be thought of as spatial inequality or segregation. This study will examine alternative procedures that directly estimate inter-tract variation from the original person or household-level sample data.

This study will use publicly available Census microdata from 1940 (with a 100% sample) and confidential Census data from 2000 and beyond to assess the bias and reliability of alternative models.

I am part of a research team with researchers from University of Michigan, Brown University, and the Census Bureau.

Annual RDC Conference Call for Papers due JUNE 8, 2018



The Pennsylvania State University

September 7, 2018

The Pennsylvania State University Federal Statistical Research Data Center invites proposals to present papers and posters at the 2018 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference.  We also will consider proposals for workshops and panel discussions.

The conference will be a day of concurrent paper and poster sessions and a keynote presentation.  Presentations will be based on current research using data available in the nationwide network of FSRDCs.  Research will include, but is not limited to, topics in the fields of economics, business and management, demography, health, and data development.

Deadline for Submission:                                    JUNE 8, 2018

Please submit an extended abstract or a paper in PDF format by clicking the following link:

The paper or abstract should describe your research question(s), the data used (including sponsoring agency), methodology, and summary of results.  Results can be anticipated or preliminary if they are not yet finalized (do not submit undisclosed results).  The abstract should include a presentation title and a list of all authors and their affiliations.  Also provide the email address and phone number for the contact author.

Notices of acceptance will be sent by Friday, July 13

Preliminary program will be posted by Friday, July 27

Further information about the conference will be made available on the conference website:

If you have questions, contact the PSU FSRDC director Mark Roberts at

1st Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop – Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the first Demographics of the Entrepreneur Workshop.

This 1-day workshop will bring together researchers and experts on the general topic of entrepreneur demographics. Participants will share the latest on research and data, pose challenging research questions, and foster future collaborations. This workshop’s scope ranges from academic research on entrepreneurship/self-employment with a strong demographic component to discussions of developments of new and/or innovative data products related to entrepreneurial demographics.

Researchers are encouraged to submit work related to any (but not exclusively) of the following topics:

  • Demographic group differentials in entrepreneurship performance outcomes, motivations, challenges, or opportunities
  • Potential uses of administrative records to assist enterprise surveys or the self-employed
  • New demographic data products related to entrepreneurs’ demographics

The workshop is organized by the Center for Administrative Records Research & Applications, Census Bureau in collaboration with the National Women’s Business Council at the Small Business Administration. It will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Census Bureau in Suitland, MD.

Guide for authors

Please submit abstracts by Friday, May 4 (maximum 1000 words). While submissions of work in progress are expected and encouraged, a draft should be ready by Thursday, September 6.

Please send your submissions and questions to and with the text “DEMOG ENTREP” in the email subject field.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: Friday, May 4, 2018

Notification of acceptance: Friday, June 8, 2018

Deadline for paper: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Date of Workshop: Thursday, September 20, 2018

We look forward to your submissions and attendance.


New Data: Moving to Opportunity

The Moving to Opportunity (MTO) data set will be available in RDCs in the near future.

Moving to Opportunity (MTO) was designed to answer questions about what happens when very poor families have the chance to move out of subsidized housing in the poorest neighborhoods of five very large American cities. MTO was a demonstration program: its approach combined tenant-based housing vouchers with location restrictions and housing counseling. MTO was also a randomized social experiment, carefully designed and rigorously implemented to test the effects of this approach on participating families. The interim evaluation included the collection of data on a wide range of outcomes that could potentially be affected by the MTO intervention. These outcomes fit into 6 study domains: (1) mobility, housing, and neighborhood, (2) adult and child physical and mental health, (3) child educational achievement, (4) youth delinquency and risky behavior, (5) adult and youth employment and earnings, and (6) household income and public assistance receipt. The restricted access data being made available through ICPSR includes many such analytic variables constructed from surveys and administrative data. The Tier 1 data also includes a census tract ID that allows researchers to link other neighborhood-level data.


NBER/Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, 2018 Summer Institute Sessions – Call for Papers

The NBER and the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) seek to promote professional interactions among producers and users of government economic statistics. To that end, in summer 2018 the NBER’s Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and the CRIW will jointly sponsor a workshop to be held on Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Submissions on any topic related to the measurement of economic activity are welcome. Again this year, the workshop will meet together with the NBER’s Macro Productivity group during a part of the scheduled time and the organizers also solicit papers on topics at the intersection of productivity and macroeconomics (broadly interpreted) to be presented during this session.

Accepted papers will be scheduled either for 15-minute time slots or for 45-minute time slots. The shorter time slots may be especially appropriate for papers that are narrower in scope. When you upload your paper, please indicate if you have a preference for a 15-minute or a 45-minute time slot.

We invite you to upload papers in PDF format or a format readable by Microsoft Word to Please use the same link to submit proposals for the joint session with the NBER Macro Productivity group. When you submit, please indicate whether the paper would be a good fit for the joint session.

The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018. We will contact only submitters whose papers are accepted.

The NBER will pay for reasonable travel expenses for presenters, subject to NBER guidelines. Only one author per paper will be reimbursed. The NBER Conference Department will assist in making hotel arrangements.

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Shannon in the NBER’s Conference Department at 617/868-3900 or