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Located on Central Campus, the Michigan Research Data Center (MRDC) is housed in the Institute for Social Research. The MRDC is a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the University of Michigan to enable qualified researchers with approved projects to access nonpublic statistical agency data in order to conduct research that benefits statistical agency programs. The MRDC is supported by Provost of the University of Michigan, the Institute for Social Research, the National Science Foundation, and fees charged to researchers. Access to the MRDC is provided at no charge to University of Michigan junior faculty and graduate students.  Other researchers should inquire to the MRDC for fee information.

Executive Directors


Joelle Abramowitz, Ph.D. Co-Executive Director

Dr. Joelle Abramowitz joined the Survey Research Center in 2016. Her research interests include health insurance, medical expenditures, time use, marriage, fertility, and general health topics. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington.


Margaret Levenstein

Margaret Levenstein, Ph.D., Co-Executive Director

Margaret C. Levenstein is Director of ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research and the School of Information, and Adjunct Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She serves as Co-executive Director of the Michigan Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) and co-chair of the Executive Committee of the FSRDC national network. She is the Associate Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and past President of the Business History Conference. Her research focuses on competition and collusion, the development of information systems, and using “organic” data to improve social and economic measurement.


Contact Information


J. Clint Carter, Administrator

Michigan Research Data Center
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48106


Email J. Clint Carter


Partner Institutions

The operation of each Federal Statistical Research Data Center (RDC) is supported by both the Census Bureau and RDC partner institutions. Some RDC partner institutions form consortiums to share the operational costs of the RDC and may waive user fees for their affiliates. Several RDCs have built branch locations to reduce the cost of researchers commuting to the core location while still maintaining the identical stringent information technology and physical security requirements.

Page Last Revised - March 16, 2023
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