How to get research access at Duke to non-public data from US federal agencies

Dec 3

Thursday, December 3, 2015

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Gross Hall 330


Gale Boyd, Duke University-Director of the Triangle Research Data Center

Top-level academic research in the social sciences (economics, sociology, public policy, health, etc.) increasingly relies on confidential household and business data for deeper insights, relative to research using aggregate statistics and public use files. The survey data from the U.S. Federal statistical system (Census, BLS, NCHS, etc.) and administrative data from government programs (Social Security, Unemployment insurance, etc.) are increasingly being used for academic research via a network of secure Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDC), such as the one located at Duke. Some of these confidential data include variables not accessible in public use files and others simply have no public-use, micro-data at all. This talk gives examples of datasets available at the Duke RDC and research projects, as well as explains the processes for the Duke research community to access these data for their own work. lunch will be served