What Can the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers Do for You? Innovative Data Integration Strategies for Social Scientists.

Katherine Genadek, U.S. Census Bureau

Researchers can currently access longitudinal data from the censuses of 1940 and 2000-2020 within the Census Bureau’s linked data infrastructure, along with many other restricted-use survey data and administrative records available on-site and remotely via the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs). We are about to add the 1950 Census, improve the existing links in the 1940 Census, and we continue our project to include the 1960-1990 full count census data as well. This allows researcher to use information on early-life and ancestral experiences—such as parental economic status, childhood environmental exposures, policy conditions, social institutions, and neighborhood characteristics—in investigations of the socio-economic outcomes, health, well-being, and mortality of Americans over their lives and across generations. In addition to demographic census and survey data, through the FSRDC researchers can also access complete U.S. business data going back in time and continuing to the present, often linked to individual employees and employers. In this session we will present detailed information on the data available within Census Bureau’s FSRDC system and how these data can be linked over time to facilitate research in the social sciences. We will share how researchers can apply to access these data and specifics on using the data within the FSRDC system. Following a presentation, we will have a panel of Census Bureau employees to discuss research possibilities in the FSRDC, answer questions, and have one-on-one discussions with attendees interested in using these data resources for their research.

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 Presented in Session 59. What can the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers Do For You? Innovative Data Integration Strategies for Social Scientists