Survey of Intergenerational Financial Linkages in Chile, 2003 (ICPSR 36342)

Principal Investigator(s): Spilerman, Seymour, Columbia University; Torche, Florencia, Columbia University


The main objective of the 2003 Survey of Intergenerational Financial Linkages in Chile (IFLC) was to examine living standards and intergenerational financial assistance across three generations in Chile.

The survey randomly selected 4,300 married/cohabitating adults between the ages of 25-69 (designed as the focal generation) and collected information on their living standards, their parents, and their children.

The following information was collected on respondents: Socioeconomic resources of husband/male partner's parents and wife/female partner's parents, assistance received from parents, current economic standing of the focal generation, education, occupation, income, home ownership, inheritances and net worth of both partners, and opinions about intergenerational assistance. The survey also collected information on education, occupation, income and wealth for the focal generation's children.

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Study Description


Spilerman, Seymour, and Florencia Torche. Survey of Intergenerational Financial Linkages in Chile, 2003. ICPSR36342-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-02-25.

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This study was funded by:

  • Ford Foundation (1010-2002)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    families, financial support, households, income, inheritance, intergenerational relations, personal finances, socioeconomic status

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Comuna

Geographic Coverage:    Chile, Global, South America

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003

Unit of Observation:    Individual, Household

Universe:    Married and cohabiting couples living in Chile that had been living together for at least 3 years, and where the male partner is 25-69 years old.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection contains variable and value labels in Spanish. In addition, the Data Collection Instrument is available in both Spanish and English.

The collection has been been minimally processed by ICPSR.


Sample:    The IFLC used a probabilistic, stratified, and multistage sampling design. First, 87 primary sampling units (PSUs) were selected. Then blocks within the PSUs were selected, and finally, households within blocks were chosen. Counties were stratified according to size (fewer than 20,000; 20,000 to 100,000; 100,000 to 200,000; and more than 200,000 inhabitants) and by geographic zone (North, Center, South). All PSUs in the large size stratum were included in the sample to increase efficiency.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however, the data contain a weight variable 'PONDE' which adjusts for sample design. Weighting by 'PONDE' renders the sample representative of the study population.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-02-25



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