Census research center opens on U of M campus

There’s a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the new Minnesota Census Research Data Center at the University of Minnesota.

At the center, researchers get access to unpublished demographic and economic microdata files from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other federal agencies. The data are used in research in many disciplines, including business, economics, epidemiology, geography, health services, population, public policy and sociology.

Already 25 local researchers are using the facility, working on projects that include:

  • A study of marriage and economic opportunity in the United States using decennial census data;
  • An examination of the role of agents and brokers in the health insurance decisions of small businesses;
  • An analysis of the impact of educational quality on health status later in life;
  • A study of employer provision of health insurance under changing economic incentives created by reforms to health care.

Wedneday’s grand opening, led by University President Robert Bruininks and U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Grove, is part of a symposium that starts at 10 a.m. in Room 27 at Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by James Warden on 10/27/2010 - 09:25 am.

    So do only researchers with the center get access to the “unpublished” information? It would seem to me that it is public information that should be available to all, not limited to two dozen researchers whose projects have been approved.

    Why do we even need a Census research center in the first place? Put the information on http://www.data.gov and let everyone have access to it.

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