About the Center

The Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC) is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the U.S. Census Bureau established by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2016. KRDC is part of the nationwide system of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers whose mission is to expand the data infrastructure available to qualified scholars and students with approved projects by providing access to restricted individual- and firm-level data from participating federal statistical agencies. KRDC is maintained by a regional consortium of leading research institutions, including the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Louisville. The lab is located on the University of Kentucky campus in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building.


James Ziliak, Colleen Heflin, and Samuel Ingram investigate the effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on mortality in the United States. The researchers utilize restricted data from the National Center for Health Statistics investigating the food assistance program, demographics, income, health, and mortality. [HuffPost Media Coverage]

CES wants to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics, sociology, demography, or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.

NCHS Deputy Directors Dr. Paul Sutton and Dr. Carol DeFrances will present a seminar about new NCHS data integrating mortality and morbidity data focusing on opioid, other drug use, and associated health outcomes. The seminar will be October 24 Noon-1:30pm in Room 152 in the Todd Pharmacy Building. Presentation Slides.

The Kentucky Research Data Center welcomes Carlos Lopes, Ph.D. as its new research administrator. He began his duties at the KRDC on Aug. 30.

Carlos previously served as a staff economist with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and has also held faculty positions at Eastern Kentucky University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Midway College, and Asbury University.