Nate Kratzer

Senior Data Scientist



I am an amateur philosopher with an interest in poverty and inequality research. I work as a Senior Data Scientist at Brown-Forman. I also do data analysis for the Greater Louisville Project and volunteer as a mentor at Code Louisville


  • Data Science
  • Public Policy
  • Philosophy


  • PhD in Public Policy, 2018

    University of Kentucky

  • M.P.P. in Public Policy, 2016

    University of Kentucky

  • B.A. in Philosophy, Religion, 2010

    Centre College

Recent Posts

How to Use Census Microdata to Analyze High Speed Internet in Kentucky

This post is a start to finish descriptive analysis of high speed internet access in Kentucky, including tables, graphs, and maps. All of the detail of cleaning the data and iterating while exploring the data is included.

Internet Access in Louisville

Overall This report uses census Microdata from IPUMS to look at internet access in the Louisville MSA. Data is available from 2013 to 2018. Louisville ranks towards the bottom of our peer cities in percent of people with home internet access, although the differences among the cities are relatively small (The top city, Grand Rapids, is only 4 percentage points ahead of Louisville).

Using Hugodown Academic

How I set up this website using the hugodown package

Meritocracy is Unjust

Meritocracy tends to confuse a very practical sense of merit with a more abstract and moral one. An individual may deserve a high-paying job or admission to a selective college because they are productive or qualified. However, in a moral sense, individuals do not merit the skills and abilities they are born with, nor do they merit the environments they were born into that allowed them to develop those skills.

Non-Market Values and Public Policy Analysis

Many of the things that are most valuable in life are not things that can be traded on the market. Love, friendship, the respect of your peers, and a sense of belonging are all incredibly important parts of life, and they’re also impossible to incorporate into economic analysis.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Bourbon and Code

How Brown-Forman uses R and RStudio in Data Science Projects

What is Data Science?

An introduction to Data Science aimed at an audience with a general interest in technology












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