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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
This data collection is part of a longitudinal survey designed to provide detailed information on the economic situation of households and persons in the United States. These data examine the distribution of income, wealth, and poverty in American society and gauge the effects of federal and state programs on the well-being of families and individuals. There are three basic elements contained in the survey. The first is a control card that records basic social and demographic characteristics for each person in a household, as well as changes in such characteristics over the course of the interviewing period. The second element is the core portion of the questionnaire, with questions repeated at each interview on labor force activity, types and amounts of income, participation in various cash and noncash benefit programs, attendance in postsecondary schools, private health insurance coverage, public or subsidized rental housing, low-income energy assistance, and school breakfast and lunch participation. The third element consists of topical modules, which are a series of supplemental questions asked during selected household visits. A topical module was not created for the first wave of the 1988 panel. The Wave II Topical Module (Part 3) concerns fertility history. Women were asked the number of children they had and the number they expected to have in the future. They were also asked about their employment status prior to and after their first pregnancies. The Wave III (Part 5) and Wave VI Topical Modules (Part 11) include data on work schedules, child care, child support agreements, support for nonhousehold members, long-term care, disability status of children, and health status and utilization of health care services. The Topical Module for Wave IV (Part 7) contains questions on assets and liabilities, such as savings accounts, stocks, IRA accounts, loans, and credit cards. The Wave V Topical Module (Part 9) covers educational financing and enrollment for persons over the age of 15. Part 15, the Full Panel Research Data File, has not been edited nor imputed although it has been topcoded or bottomcoded and recoded if necessary by the Census Bureau, to avoid disclosure of individual respondents.
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United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) [1988 Panel] . ICPSR09568-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-11-08. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09568.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09568.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: census data, child care, child health, child support, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, energy assistance, families, financial assets, financial support, government programs, health insurance, health services utilization, households, income, income distribution, investments, labor force, participation, poverty programs, public assistance programs, school attendance, unearned income, wages and salaries, wealth, welfare services, working hours
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Resident population of the United States, excluding persons living in institutions and military barracks.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
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Sample: A multistage stratified sampling design was used. The 1988 Panel consisted of approximately 17,500 households. One-fourth of these households were interviewed each month, and households were reinterviewed at four-month intervals. All persons at least 15 years old who were present as household members at the time of the first interview were included for the entire study, except those who joined the military, were institutionalized for the entire study period, or moved from the United States. Original household members who moved during the study period were followed to their new residences and interviewed there. New persons moving into households of members of the original sample also were included in the survey, but were not followed if they left the household of an original sample person.
Original ICPSR Release: 1993-02-10
- 2002-11-08 Part 15, Full Panel Research Data File, has been added to the collection along with a corresponding PDF codebook. The research file has not been edited nor imputed although it has been topcoded or bottomcoded and recoded if necessary by the Census Bureau, to avoid disclosure of individual respondents. Codebooks for other data files in the collection have been converted to PDF as well.
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