Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

UW–Madison hosting research data center conference

Jason Fletcher Jason Fletcher

The Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is hosting the annual RDC conference September 5 and 6 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher is executive director of WiscRDC.

The conference will feature more than 30 presentations by researchers from across the country, including Fletcher, La Follette School Professor Tim Smeeding, and numerous UW–Madison faculty and staff members. UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who also serves on the La Follette School faculty, will provide introductory remarks. The registration deadline is August 15.

The keynote speaker will be Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics and public administration at the Ohio State University.  He is one of the principal investigators of UMETRICS–a groundbreaking collaboration among the U.S. Census Bureau and Big Ten Academic Alliance researchers and vice presidents for research that developed a means of tracing the economic impact of university research spending.

Topics include new data opportunities, understanding and increasing innovation, new directions in estimating long-run policy effects, eliciting health policy effects, firms: locations and spillovers, advances and issues in measurement, place and economic and health outcomes, firms: management, reproducibility in the social sciences, labor markets: wage determination, and firms: establishments.

The WiscRDC is a local access point for a set of restricted data products from the Census, National Center for Health Statistics, and Internal Revenue Service. The University of Wisconsin System also provides funding for the WiscRDC, allowing researchers throughout the UW System to access the facility and restricted data.

The conference will provide participants an overview of ongoing projects using these data from researchers across the country.