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What is the Center for Economic Studies (CES)?

The Center for Economic Studies (CES) is a unit of the U.S. Census Bureau established to increase the utility and quality of Census Bureau data and data products. CES administers the Census Bureau's Research Data Center (RDC) program. The CES research program centers on the empirical analysis of confidential microdata collected in the Census Bureau's regular survey and census programs. Access to microdata encourages knowledgeable researchers to become familiar with Census data products and Census collection methods.

More importantly, providing qualified researchers with access to confidential microdata under strictly controlled conditions at secure Census Bureau facilities enables research projects that would not be possible without access to respondent-level information. For more information about CES and the RDC program, see the CES home page at


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