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Researchers must submit a proposal and be approved prior to access to CRDC data. Access to faculty is free. If a particular project has NSF funding, the charges are covered by NSF. If a faculty member does not have an NSF grant, charges are covered by Northwestern's contribution to the Center.


Note: The following information is provided for quick reference. Interested faculty members should refer to the CRDC's web pages for detailed information.

The Chicago Research Data Center (CRDC) is a collaboration between the Census Bureau and a consortium consisting of Argonne National Laboratory, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The center is housed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Researchers must submit a research proposal, be approved and cleared to start the project. The proposal review is lengthy; any proposal goes through three levels of review: a local committee, the Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies, and the Internal Revenue Service. The project must provide benefits to the Bureau's data programs and satisfy stringent confidentiality requirements. Once approved, researchers become sworn agents of the Census Bureau and work inside a secure facility. All output is reviewed to ensure that no confidential data is released. There are three proposal review cycles a year: January 15, May 15, and September 15. Final versions of proposals must be submitted at least one month before the deadline.

There is a wide variety of Census economic micro data that are not normally available for public use: Annual Survey of Manufactures; Large Company Survey; Auxiliary Establishment; Longitudinal Research Database; Census of Construction Industries; Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey; Census of Manufacturers; National Employer Survey; Census of Retail Trade; Quarterly Financial Reports; Census of Service Industries; Standard Statistical Establishment List; Census of Wholesale Trade; Survey of Industrial Research and Development; Characteristics of Business Owners; Survey of Manufacturing Technology; Commodity Flow Survey; Survey of Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures; Economic Census Sectors; Transportation Enterprise Statistics; Worker-Establishment Characteristic Database; Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate; American Community Survey; National Crime Victimization Survey; American Housing Survey; New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey; Property Owners and Managers Survey; Current Population Survey; Residential Finance Survey; Survey of Income and Program Participation; Survey of Market Absorption; Decennial Census Long Form Data; Survey of Program Dynamics; Housing Vacancy Survey.

Refer to the Chicago RDC data page for more information.

CRDC contact information

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Accessing CRDC

The Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Bureau of the Census has detailed information about the proposal process and guidelines. CES is the primary resource for all information regarding all aspects of the RDC program. Researchers should contact the Chicago RDC directly before preparing and submitting a proposal.

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