The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Data Use Agreements


Investigators and students in departments supported by ISERP who require a signed Data Use Agreement to access data for their research should contact Any DUA requiring signature will be processed by Research Administration. Researchers buying data with grant funds managed by ISERP should email Please note the following:

  1. Students and faculty cannot sign on behalf of the university. ISERP will route the DUA for review and authorized signature.
  2. If any of the data is human subjects data, Columbia will require an approved IRB protocol before signing. You must complete the protocol in the RASCAL system. For more information on Human Subjects Research and submitting an IRB protocol, visit
  3. If you require the use of a cold room on campus for restricted data, see the Computing Resources page for details.


There are many sources of data. Below is a brief list highlighting some of the sources that may interest ISERP researchers:

New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NYRDC)

United States Census Bureau

Columbia Digital Social Science Center

National Centers for Environmental Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Internal Revenue Service

National Center for Health Statistics

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

International Food Policy Research Institute

National Library of Medicine

National Archives

US Geological Survey

Global Terrorism Database

General Social Survey

Panel Study of Income Dynamics

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Supreme Court Database

Library of Congress


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