Keith Finlay, US Census Bureau: Uses of Administrative Records at the US Census Bureau

Wednesday, April 26, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Minor Hall, Room 110
Jointly hosted with Batten and DSI)


In this talk, I will discuss uses of administrative records at the US Census Bureau. As per-unit survey costs have increased, statistical agencies have expanded use of administrative records in sample design, survey item replacement, and imputation. The talk will provide an overview of the growing administrative records infrastructure at Census, including how it protects privacy and how it may facilitate program evaluation. I will then discuss two current applications that use administrative records. In the first, administrative records are being used to improve coverage of children in the National Survey of Children’s Health while also reducing unit response costs. In the second, the Criminal Justice Administrative Data System is a pilot project to develop infrastructure for longitudinal criminal justice records. I will conclude with a discussion of how external researchers can access the administrative records infrastructure at the Census Bureau.


Keith Finlay is a labor economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he uses administrative records to increase the quality of federal statistical products. He received a PhD in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University. He has published research on the economics of the crime, family structure, and illegal drug use. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.