Boston Census Research Data Center
Description: Provides restricted access to a wide range of non-public, longitudinal micro-data for economic, demographic, and healthcare censuses and surveys.
The Boston Census Research Data Center (BRDC) is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Open since 1994, the BRDC provides restricted access to unpublished micro-data for economic and demographic censuses and surveys. Information on the BRDC program can be found at the homepage of the Center for Economic Studies (CES), a research unit of the Office of the Chief Economist at the Census Bureau.
Analytical Research using Longitudinal Micro-data
Data from the US Census, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Data available for use within the BRDC includes a wide range of micro-data files. For firms and establishments, these include the Economic Census for manufacturing, retail, service, and other sectors, the Longitudinal Research Database and Longitudinal Business Database. For persons and households these include the Decennial Census 1 in 6 long form, Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Housing Survey (AHS). There are also combined economic and demographic data such as the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics (LEHD). Non-public data from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) are also available.
More information on available data and the proposal process is provided at the CES data link. For firm data, public use versions of micro-data have not been feasible for confidentiality reasons, which originally motivated the establishment of the RDC program. For person and household data, the micro-data files' advantages over their public use counterparts include more detailed geography and non-topcoded continuous variables such as income.
More information on available health data and proposal process is provided at The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and at The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ).
- Current Harvard University faculty and doctoral student researchers.
To perform research within the BRDC requires the development and approval of a proposal. Proposal Guidelines can be found at the Center for Economic Studies web page. It is important to contact the BRDC Administrator early about your prospective project to help you navigate the process and answer your questions.
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