2017 RDC Annual Conference at UCLA

Brent and I recently traveled to UCLA to attend the Annual Conference of the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers.  To see a full program please visit:

Here are a few important updates:

  • FUNDING (Deadline November 1, 2017):  The Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) seeks to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research.   http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/grants/
  • ECONOMIC CENSUS:  The 2017 Economic Census will add new questions regarding retail health clinics, management practices in health care services, self-service in retail, and water use in manufacturing and mining
  • BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS:  Over the coming months, BEA will entertain proposals that seek to analysis BEA data in FRDCs around the country.
  • BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS: The BLS plans to make the following data sets available in the RDC systems:  Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Census of Fatal Occupational injuries, National Compensation Survey.
  • COMMISSION ON POLICY BASED POLICY MAKING:  We also heard about the Commission’s final report and recommendations. https://www.cep.gov/


DATA AVAILABLE: 2014 Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

CES is pleased to announce that the 2014 Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC) data are available on August 17th, 2017 to approved projects that are authorized to use them in the Research Data Centers. 

The purpose of the Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC) is to provide quarterly statistics on the rates of capacity utilization for the U.S. manufacturing and publishing sectors. The QPC survey collects statistics on establishment operational status, value of actual production, estimated production attainable at full and emergency conditions, and reasons for operating at less than full production capacity. The survey also collects data on work patterns by shift. These data include days per week in operation, plant hours per week in operation, weeks in operation in the quarter, and number of production workers

Dissertation Mentorship Program

The Center for Economics Studies at the US  Census Bureau seeks participants for its Dissertation Mentorship program.

Program participants receive two principal benefits:

  • One or more CES staff economists are assigned as mentors and advise the participant on the use of Census Bureau microdata.
  • A visit to CES where they meet with staff economists and present research in progress. Trip expenses (airfare, hotel, and meals) will be paid for by CES

For more information visit:  https://www.census.gov/ces/researchprograms/mentorship.html

Recent Participants include.

Katherine Willyard is a PhD candidate in sociology at Texas A&M University using data from the Census of Mining, Longitudinal Business Database, Report of Organization, American Community Survey, and Decennial Census, as well as non-Census data, to examine the relationship between organizational, community, and political-legal characteristics and Texas oil and gas facility venting and flaring, at the well, establishment, and firm levelsRandy Becker will serve as her mentor.

Brenden Timpe is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Michigan using data from the SIPP combined with earnings records from SSA to examine the interaction of women’s fertility decisions and long-term career outcomes. Lori Reeder of SEHSD will serve as his mentor.


New Data Linking Research Spending, Employment, and Businesses

In collaboration with the Institute for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan, the Census Bureau is proud to announce the release of a new data source into the FSRDCs.  The data, Universities: Measuring the Impacts of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science (UMETRICS) contains transaction-level data on research grants, employees paid by grants, and businesses paid by grants at 19 universities between 2001 and 2016.  This unique data source enables researchers to answer questions on the effectiveness and impact of science funding on innovation and productivity, as well as the career outcomes and trajectories of those receiving training on grants. Through linkages to Census data products, the UMETRICS database provides demographic and employment information for over 200,000 research-trained individuals and over 100,000 U.S. businesses that benefitted from funding of university research.

Prof. Burns has a new AHRQ project

We are happy to announce that Marguerite Burns from Population Health Sciences has a new project entitled:

Public Health Insurance, Health Status, and Retirement Decisions.

This study examines the effects of an interaction between two public programs, Medicaid and Social Security, on retirement and employment decisions among older adults. The research question is the following: What are the effects of Medicaid expansions from 1996 – 2014 for non-elderly adults on retirement decisions, retirement income, and Social Security claiming?

New Researchers

This summer the WiscRDC welcomes two new researchers have moved to
UW-Madison with existing RDC projects.

Leslie Hodges recently finished a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she has moved to UW Madison to pursue a post doc at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). Her RDC project is called “Occupational Variation in Health Care Coverage”.

Naoki Aizawa was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Minnesota, and he has moved to UW Madison Economics Department.  His project is called “Health Care Reform and Labor Market State by State Analyses”.

June 8th: Webinar “UMETRICS Data in the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC)

Hello! Please join us for a webinar entitled, “UMETRICS Data in the
Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC),” presented by the
U.S. Census Bureau and the Institute for Research on Innovation and
Science (IRIS) on June 8, 2017, 12-1 pm EDT. Presenters are Sudip
Bhattacharjee (Chief, Center for Big Data Research and Applications,
U.S. Census Bureau), Barbara Downs (Director, Federal Statistical
Research Data Centers, U.S. Census Bureau), and Jason Owen-Smith
(Executive Director, IRIS).

An important project that is part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s
Innovation Measurement Initiative is the work of linking UMETRICS data
to core Census assets. The UMETRICS dataset (Universities: Measuring
the Impacts of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science)
was created out of early efforts to document economic stimulus and is
housed at IRIS at the University of Michigan. The UMETRICS dataset
includes transactional administrative data from HR, procurement, and
sponsored research systems, highlighting the people paid and purchases
made on research grants from 19 universities.

These linked data are now available for research in the FSRDC.
UMETRICS data without Census linkages can be accessed through a
virtual data enclave maintained by IRIS. Generous support from the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will allow IRIS to make small research
grants for early and mid-career researchers including doctoral
students and postdocs who pursue projects using these data. Contact
IRIS for more information at 734-615-0015.

This webinar is to highlight the work of the Big Data Center and the
Innovation Measurement Initiative at Census, provide a detailed
description of the dataset itself, give potential researchers
information about how to access the data, and address questions raised
by participants.

How to access the webinar:

To view slides, we recommend connecting via computer or mobile phone.


Blue Jeans Network – Interoperable, Cloud-based, Affordable Video Conferencing Service

Just want to dial in?

1.) Dial:


2.) Enter the Meeting ID: 674733673

The webinar will be recorded and will be available on the IRIS YouTube
channel. An additional webinar is scheduled for June 29, 2017, 12-1 pm
with the same BlueJeans login details.

We hope you are able to join us to learn how to access and use this
important resource to better understand the economic and social
impacts of research.

For questions, please contact Nancy Calvin-Naylor, IRIS Managing
Director, at 734-615-7464 or nbirk@umich.edu.

June 5th: Summer DemSem with John Abowd, Ted Mouw, Jack DeWaard and others

Summer DemSem 2017 


June 5th 9:00 – 3:00 Social Sciences 8417

Keynote addresses by:

—–John Abowd Cornell University Associate Director and Chief Scientist Research & Methodology, Census Bureau 9:00-10:30

—–Ted Mouw University of North Carolina 10:30-11:30

—-Additional speakers include: Tim Smeeding, Chenoa Allen, Jason Fletcher, Jack DeWaard Lunch served! Please RSVP to Susan.Vial@wisc.edu

Lunch served! Please RSVP to Susan.Vial@wisc.edu


June 16th: RDC Annual Conference – Call for Papers


UCLA, September 14 2017

The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC) at University of California Los Angeles invites proposals to present papers and posters at the 2017 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. Sessions will be based on current or recent research using data from the nationwide network of RDCs. Anticipated themes include, but are not limited to, research topics from the fields of economics, business and management, demography, and health and developments in data sets. Papers and posters involve statistical analyses on nonpublic versions of data sets available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other federal statistical agencies.

Deadline for Submission: JUNE 16th 2017

Notices  of acceptance to be sent by Friday July 15.
Preliminary program to be posted by Friday July 29.

Please submit an extended abstract or a paper in PDF format by clicking the following link : CCRDC UCLA Submission (or going to the URL: https://form.jotform.us/71234634833152) 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.  For questions about the conference, please see http://www.ccrdc.ucla.edu. For any remaining questions contact the CCRDC director Till von Wachter tvwachter@econ.ucla.edu

John Abowd to visit for June 5th symposium.

The Sociology Department will host a symposium on June 5th to discuss research opportunities in the RDC.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about Census, NCHS, AHRQ, and BLS data opportunities.

John Abowd will be visiting along with a number of yet to be confirmed guests.  Abowd is an economist at Cornell University and is also Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-207.html