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The Center for Economic Studies 1982-2007: A Brief History


  • B.K. Atrostic


More than half a century ago, visionaries representing both the Census Bureau and the external research community laid the foundation for the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and the Research Data Center (RDC) system. They saw a clear need for a system meeting the inextricably related requirements of providing more and better information from existing Census Bureau data collections while preserving respondent confidentiality and privacy. CES opened in 1982 to house new longitudinal business databases, develop them further, and make them available to qualified researchers. CES and the RDC system evolved to meet the designers’ requirements. Research at CES and the RDCs meets the commitments of the Census Bureau (and, recently, of other agencies) to preserving confidentiality while contributing paradigm-shifting fundamental research in a range of disciplines and up-to-the-minute critical tools for decision-makers.

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  • B.K. Atrostic, 2009. "The Center for Economic Studies 1982-2007: A Brief History," Working Papers 09-35, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:09-35

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