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Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 1989-1990: Latino Sample (ICPSR 3203)

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The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is an ongoing data collection effort begun in 1968 in an attempt to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. The PSID has continued to trace individuals from the original national sample of approximately 4,800 households, whether those individuals are living in the same dwelling or with the same people. The investigators hoped to discover whether most short-term changes in economic status are due to forces outside the family or if they can be traced to something in the individual's own background or in the pattern of his or her thinking and behavior. The data can shed light on what causes family income to rise above or fall below the poverty line. In line with the theoretical model, the questions asked fall generally under the headings of economic status, economic behavior, demographics, and attitudes. Specifically, they deal with topics such as employment, income sources and amounts, housing, car ownership, food expenditures, transportation, do-it-yourself home maintenance and car repairs, education, disability, time use, family background, family composition changes, and residential location. This collection is comprised of the PSID Latino sample data. For these files, a Latino was defined as having at least one parent solely of Mexican, Cuban, or Puerto Rican ancestry, or having at least two (any two) grandparents solely of Mexican, Cuban, or Puerto Rican ancestry. Part 1, 1990 Latino Sample Family-Individual File, offers data on individuals who were members of the 2,043 households in the 1990 PSID Latino sample. This sample was taken from Temple University's 1989 Latino National Political Survey (LNPS). To permit comparisons across ethnic groups, a second file, Part 2, 1989 Core Sample Family-Individual File for Use With Latino Sample, is provided. This file contains data on members of the original 1989 PSID sample. Part 3, 1990 Latino Sample Nonresponse File, presents data on Latino individuals who responded to the 1989 LNPS but were not successfully followed and reinterviewed in the 1990 PSID Latino wave. Information is included on language proficiency, immigration, family earnings, school status, general health status, and employment.

Series: Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1990 Latino Sample Family-Individual File - Download All Files (136.6 MB)
DS2:  1989 Core Sample Family-Individual File for Use With Latino Sample - Download All Files (370.3 MB) large dataset
DS3:  1990 Latino Sample Nonresponse File - Download All Files (15 MB)

Study Description


Hofferth, Sandra, Frank P. Stafford, Wei-Jun J. Yeung, Greg J. Duncan, Martha S. Hill, James Lepkowski, and James N. Morgan. Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 1989-1990: Latino Sample. ICPSR03203-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03203.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ford Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Department of Labor
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Tinker Foundation
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare
  • United States Department of Agriculture. Office of Economic Opportunity

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, automobile expenses, economic behavior, economic change, economic conditions, ethnicity, families, family history, Hispanic or Latino origins, household expenditures, household income, income, job history, poverty, social indicators, socioeconomic status

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1989--1990

Date of Collection:  

  • 1989--1990

Universe:   The universe for the Latino files is all Mexicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans residing in the United States.

Data Types:   aggregate data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The files in this data collection were originally included in PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: ANNUAL CORE DATA (ICPSR 7439), which has been broken out by ICPSR into three separate data collections: PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS, 1968-1999 (ICPSR 7439), PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS, 1968-1999: SUPPLEMENTAL FILES (ICPSR 3202), and PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS, 1989-1990: LATINO SAMPLE (ICPSR 3203).

Weights are provided for analysis. The weights for individuals are different from those for families.

Users are encouraged to check the PSID Web site for updates to this collection. A complete bibliography of publications can also be accessed at the site.


Sample:   The sample data were taken from Temple University's 1989 Latino National Political Survey, which employed a multistage area probability sampling design using 1980 Census data. The geographic area of coverage included at least 90 percent of the Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican populations.

Data Source:

personal and telephone interviews, mailback questionnaires, and census data


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Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB3203.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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