CBS to orchestrate major venture in registry research


CBS is in charge of coordinating a comprehensive data warehouse with a budget of 80 million Danish kroner. This will also provide Danish social science research with the opportunity to conduct studies that cannot be performed anywhere else in the world.


What is the connection between income and health, health and working environment, and education and inequality? And how do we ensure growth and welfare?

Answering these questions requires pooling large amounts of data, which will soon be made available. With the new Danish Research Data for the Social Sciences (DRDS) data warehouse, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) will be in charge of coordinating Denmark’s vast amounts of social data.

CBS President Per Holten-Andersen sees the tremendous benefits of DRDS, which he believes will give Denmark a major competitive advantage:

“We’ll be able to study certain topics in Denmark to a depth that foreign researchers can only dream of. DRDS will provide more and better data across social science environments and attract the best researchers, providing opportunities to publish in the most prestigious journals,” explains CBS President Per Holten-Andersen.

80 million kroner budget
CBS’ role will be to provide access to and disseminate both national and international data for use by researchers, institutions and companies. The data will provide the basis for innovative analyses of socio-economic issues on employment, start-ups, financing, innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

DRDS has a total budget of 80 million kroner, 36 million of which the Danish Ministry of Education and Science provided.

Unique data for business research
Denmark already has some of the world’s best registries available to researchers. The new additions will include features such as a business statistics database for all Danish companies and access to international databases with information about companies and markets.

CBS Dean of Research Peter Møllgaard also has high expectations about DRDS:

“The goal is to bring the database up to the same level for business research as what’s available for personal statistics.”

By pooling health data with private or business data, researchers can obtain completely unique knowledge about micro-contexts in Denmark for the entire population, for example what the relationship is between income and health, health and working environment, and education and inequality, clarifies Møllgaard.

“DRDS will make it possible to continue and renew Denmark’s strong tradition for research based on linking registries within both the social and health sciences – and to connect the two to create exciting new knowledge,” concludes Møllgaard.

For more information please contact:

CBS Professor Søren Hvidkjær
CBS journalist Matilde Hørmand-Pallesen


Facts on Danish Research Data for the Social Sciences (DRDS)

  • DRDS is a partnership between Copenhagen Business School, Statistics Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Danish Centre of Applied Social Science, Secretariat of the Danish Economic Councils and the ROCKWOOL Foundation’s Research Unit.
  • The research infrastructure is designed to ensure universities access to a wide range of international social science databases and to develop a data warehouse from which researchers can access registry data on companies at the micro-level via Statistics Denmark.
  • The research infrastructure is expected to improve research, particularly within the field of economics, and the foundation for political decisions on areas such as financial growth and welfare.
  • Read more about what the research infrastructures are – and why they are important.
The page was last edited by: Communications // 11/17/2017