NEW Data: Criminal Justice and COVID

Criminal Justice Administrative Records System is a data set that follow individual through the criminal justice system.  In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, these data can been linked with survey and administrative records from many social and economic domains –

Household Pulse Survey provides timely data to help understand the experiences of American households during the coronavirus pandemic. The data provide insight on education, employment, food security, health, housing, social security benefits, household spending, and transportation.

The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) measures the effect of changing business conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses. SBPS complements existing U.S. Census Bureau data collections by providing high-frequency, detailed information on the challenges small businesses are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic.  The survey includes information on small business operations and finances, requests and receipt of assistance, and measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery.  Data is available by sector and state for the fifty most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

The Decennial Census Digitization and Linkage project (DCDL) is an initiative to produce linked restricted microdata files from the decennial censuses of 1960 through 1990. Background, work plan, and data dissemination details can be found in this working paper. The project will ultimately produce a longitudinal data infrastructure that covers most of the U.S. population since 1940.

RDC Reopens

The Wisconsin RDC started allowing researchers back into the lab at the end of August  on a strictly limited basis. Researchers schedule their lab time the week prior to wanting to work; only two researchers are allowed in the RDC space at one time; researchers are required to wear face coverings and work at assigned cubicles Additionally, alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer are provided to keep the work spaces clean and researchers as safe as possible

Virtual Access during COVID

Census Expands Virtual Access Pilot to Relieve Demand: Given the restricted access to not only the WiscRDC, but also to all RDCs across the country, Census has expanded the virtual access pilot program to include researchers who meet certain criteria. Virtual access allows researchers with existing projects to access their project space under the same restricted physical environment imposed in the RDC lab. Researchers with this access undergo additional training and are subject to random audits. Virtual access must be approved by the agency in charge of the restricted dataset.

Medicaid Medicare data Newly Available.

Hello RDC Community

Good news, the following data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service are now available to external researchers.

CMS Enrollment Database (EDB).

CMS Medicaid Statistical Information Statistics (MSIS).

CMS Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS).

Interested parties should send me a 1 to 2 page write up describing their intended use of the data.




COVID Research and other Data Updates

***COVID Research
Census is trying to make special accommodations for folks interested in COVID research. They are working to expedite any new projects that conduct COVID research, and some new projects will be eligible for virtual access, outside the RDC. More specifically, Census is now working to give researchers virtual access to their projects if their projects only use T13 data. Census is also in discussion with other agencies, including IRS and SSA, to potentially open other project to virtual access (although we have no guarantees these agencies will agree to virtual access).

***Annual Business Survey (ABS)
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) is a new annual survey fielded by the Census Bureau that replaces the Survey of Business Owners, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, and the Business R&D and Innovation Survey for Microbusinesses. It is currently scheduled to be in the field 2017 to 2021. The 2017 data is expected to be available for researchers in the coming year. Contact Bob for additional information.

***Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) now Includes Revenue
The Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) will soon include revenue. Revenue will be available from 1997 forward for researchers with approved access to this version of the LBD. Contact Bob for more information on this update and whether your project would be eligible to use this version.

2019 WiscRDC Publications

Fletcher, Jason M. “Examining the long-term mortality effects of early health shocks.” Applied Economics Letters 26.11 (2019): 902-908.

Myerson, Rebecca. “Information Gaps and Health Insurance Enrollment: Evidence from Affordable Care Act Assister Programs.” Available at SSRN 3384980 (2019).

Honoré, Florence, and Martin Ganco. “Entrepreneurial teams’ acquisition of talent: Evidence from technology manufacturing industries using a two‐sided approach.” Strategic Management Journal.

Wang, Yang, Susan Averett, and Julie Smith. “Minimum Wages and the Health of Immigrants Children” (2019)

Williams, Austin M. “Understanding the micro-determinants of defensive behaviors against pollution.” Ecological Economics 163 (2019): 42-51.



New Education Project at the WiscRDC

“Inequality at the Top: The Contribution of Elites to Social Stratification”

Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christine Schwartz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Noah Hirschl, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kelly Musick, Cornell University

The present study aims to track changes in marital patterns by college and graduate program selectivity across birth cohorts from the 1940s to the 1980s and to measure the extent to which these changes have contributed to trends in household earnings inequality. We propose to assess the quality of and leverage linkages between the National Survey of College Graduates and the Decennial Census and American Community Survey. This new data linkage will allow us to produce novel estimates of marital patterns among college graduates according to their detailed educational histories. First, we will use log-linear models of homogamy to measure the extent to which college graduates have increasingly married spouses from equivalently selective institutions. Second, we will use an inequality decomposition to measure the extent to which these trends have contributed to rising inequality between households. These estimates will shed new light on family formation patterns among elites and on the development of inequality over the last sixty year

New RDC Economics Project

New Geographies for Reporting Establishment and Industry Dynamics in the United States

Richard A. Dunn, Brent Hueth

In this project we will use the Longitudinal Business Database, Standard Statistical Establishment List, and the Economic Census to create new geographies for reporting economic activity in the United States. By combining administrative data with publicly available information published by the Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture, we intend on generating three reporting typologies defined by 1) participation in the food-and-agriculture supply chain, 2) degree of urbanness in the location of operation, and 3) primary agricultural production activity in the location of operation. Once defined, we will pursue three major research aims. First, we will seek to characterize the economic contribution of non-farm, food-and- agriculture industries (FAI) in the United States. As the food-and-agriculture supply has become more complex and vertically disintegrated, current measures of value-added by farms have become increasingly poor at describing the importance of food and agriculture industries to the economy. Second, we will investigate how establishment and firm dynamics, increasingly recognized as an key driver of economic growth, differ between urban and rural areas of the United States. Identifying and explaining the sources of these differences is critical to developing policy that can address the widening gap in economic performance between urban and rural America.

2019 FSRDC Conference

The 2019 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) Annual Research Conference was held at the University of Wisconsin on September 5th and 6th. There were 158 registered participants. The first day of the conference was set aside as a business meeting for the FSRDC partners – the participating statistical agencies and institutional partners. This portion of the conference featured updates from several partnering agencies, including the National Center for Health Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There was also discussion of the following agencies possibly becoming new partners: Statistics of Income, National Center for Science and Engineering, and Bureau of Transportation. We also heard of efforts to make a single application that spans all partnering agencies.

Staff from CDAR described recent changes in the Census Bureau’s disclosure avoidance processes. Presenters also described outreach efforts, the tracking of publications, and the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (and the related Federal Data ). Participants also learned of recent and upcoming changes to the FSRDC network, including: the opening of the Wastch Front FSRDS, the closing of the Census HQ RDC and the opening of the DC Federal Reserve FRDC. In data news, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health is now available. Representatives of the Canada Research Data Centre Network and Statistics Canada provided an overview of their program and recent and upcoming programmatic changes.

The second day of the conference featured research presentations, primarily by academic researchers, based on work done in the FSRDCs. There were 28 presentations altogether, with 3 concurrent sessions running throughout the day. The day began with remarks by Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Jason Fletcher, Executive Director of the Wisconsin FSRDC. Participants also enjoyed a keynote address by Bruce Weinberg, Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the Ohio State University. He discussed UMETRICS–a groundbreaking collaboration among the U.S. Census Bureau and Big Ten Academic Alliance researchers and Vice Presidents for Research that developed a means of tracing the economic impact of university research spending.

The 2019 FSRDC Annual Research Conference will be held in fall 2020 at the Kansas City Research Data Center.