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The Wisconsin RDC is located in the Sewell Social Sciences Building in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, and serves a strongly interdisciplinary community of researchers from business, economics, consumer sciences, education, demography, public health and public policy, and sociology.

Executive Director

Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher, Ph.D.

Jason Fletcher is a Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences. A specialist in health economics, economics of education and child and adolescent health policy, Professor Fletcher focuses his research on examining social network effects on adolescent education and health outcomes, combining genetics and social science research, estimating long-term consequences of childhood mental illness, and child and adolescent mental health policy. He is an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology, Institute for Research on Poverty, and Center for Demography on Health and Aging at the University and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Group at the University of Chicago.

Research Associate Director


Wang Jin, Ph.D.

Wang Jin is currently a Research Associate at IDE, Sloan School of Management and Associate Director at the FSRDC at UW Madison. He has worked extensively with business level confidential data protected under Title 13 and Title 26 in the Federal Statistical Research Data Center and is currently involved in multiple research projects. Wang Jin is interested in identifying the effects of various information technology (IT), structural management, and big data analytics on firms’ business performance and innovation capability using newly available Census Bureau survey data. More recent work is focused on the impact of the Cloud Computing in U.S. manufacturing sector. In addition, combining large scale data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Census Bureau, he is currently a principal investigator exploring the impacts of IT, management practices, and organizational structures on business’s environmental performance and sustainability. Wang Jin received his Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University.

Contact Information

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Robert Osley-Thomas, Ph.D., Administrator

Wisconsin Research Data Center
1180 Observatory Drive
3308 WHS Social Science Building
Madison, WI  53706-1320


Email Robert Osley-Thomas

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.


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