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

Webinar: What is a Privacy-Loss Budget (Feb. 1, 2018)

Title: What is a Privacy-Loss Budget and How Is It used to Design Privacy Protection for a Confidential Database?

Presenter: John M. Abowd, Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Research and Methodology, U.S. Census Bureau
Moderator: Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University
Date and Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST
Sponsor: ASA Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality
Twitter Hashtag: #ASAwebinar

Additional details are available at the webinar registration website at

2017 WiscRDC Publications

Allen, Chenoa D., and Clea A. McNeely. “Do restrictive omnibus immigration laws reduce enrollment in public health insurance by Latino citizen children? A comparative interrupted time series study.” Social Science & Medicine 191 (2017): 19-29.

Atalay, Enghin, Ali Hortaçsu, Mary Jialin Li, and Chad Syverson. How Wide Is the Firm Border?. No. w23777. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017.

Dunn, Richard A., and Brent Hueth. “Food and Agricultural Industries: Opportunities for Improving Measurement and Reporting.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99, no. 2 (2017): 510-523.

Fletcher, Jason M., and David E. Frisvold. “The relationship between the School Breakfast Program and food insecurity.” Journal of Consumer Affairs 51, no. 3 (2017): 481-500.

New BLS and AHRQ Projects

The following researchers have received approval to access restricted data from the BLS and AHRQ.

  • Claudia Persico, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
    • The Effects of Pollution on Health, Education and Economic Outcomes
  • Ryan Coller, Pediatrics
    • Preventing Hospitalizations Through Ambulatory Care for Children
  • Daniel Jung, Population Health
    • Rural-Urban Disparity in Access to Health Care and Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Hospital Visits.

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.
  • 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.


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:

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.