Penn State is home to one of 19 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers located around the country which provide researchers with access to otherwise restricted data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and other government-based data collectors. Accessible through secure means to members of the Penn State faculty and graduate studies programs in the fields of economics, business, demography, statistics, sociology, and health services, the Research Data Center offers micro data on individuals, families, business establishments, and firms that are collected in the surveys and censuses undertaken by these government agencies.
The RDC elaborates further:
“Many of the demographic and health data sets contain geographic detail and more detailed question responses and variables that are not available in the public use versions of the surveys. The economic data available include longitudinal data on establishments, including detailed geographic information, and matched employee-employer data. Many of the data sets can be linked across surveys or with external data sources providing a rich set of opportunities for researchers.”
Read more about the Research Data Center and learn about access rights through their website.