The Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) is a joint
project of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the University
of Michigan. It enables qualified, confidentiality-abiding
researchers with approved projects to access confidential,
unpublished Census Bureau data under the provisions of Title
13, sec. 9 U.S.C.. The Census Bureauís
Center for Economic
Studies has developed and put into practice the concept
of Research Data Centers (RDCs). The RDCs provide a secure
Census Bureau environment where researchers may have limited
access to confidential economic, demographic
and public health microdata,
with appropriate safeguards to protect data confidentiality.
This controlled environment ensures that the Census Bureauís
standards for ensuring the confidentiality of data by its
census and survey respondents is rigorously maintained.
The ability to analyze data on individuals, households,
establishments, and firms has enormous scientific benefits.
These include the ability to make full use of the
information collected by government agencies; to analyze the
behavior of individuals and firms taking into account the
heterogeneity of behavior and characteristics; and to
combine sources of data at the individual level to study
relationships obscured by more aggregate data.
The MCRDC is a project of the
Center and the
Institute for Social Research. The MCRDC is supported by
a grant from the National Science Foundation, by units of
the University of Michigan, and by fees charged to
Researchers interested in using the MCRDC are urged
to consult us directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposal guidelines and other
information are available on the
proposal link of this website.