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Current Population Survey, March/April 1996 Match File: Child Support (ICPSR 4148)

Alternate Title:  CPS, March/April 1996

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Information for this file was collected for Current Population Surveys in March and April 1996. The March portion of this file, also known as the Annual Demographic File, provides the usual monthly labor force data, as well as supplemental data on work experience, income, noncash benefits, and migration. Comprehensive work experience information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 15 years old and over, as well as data concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason for not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence on March 1, 1996. This file also contains data covering nine noncash income sources: food stamps, school lunch programs, employer-provided group health insurance and pension plans, personal health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, CHAMPUS or military health care, and energy assistance. Also included are demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, household relationship, and Hispanic origin for each person in the household. The April portion of this file, the child support supplement, contains responses from all people 15 years of age and older, with children present in the household.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Current Population Survey, March/April 1996 Match File: Child Support. ICPSR04148-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-12-15. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04148.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   census data, child support, compensation, demographic characteristics, employee benefits, employment, energy assistance, full-time employment, health insurance, households, income, labor force, Medicaid, Medicare, part-time employment, pensions, population characteristics, wages and salaries, working hours

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1995-03--1996-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 1996-03--1996-04

Unit of Observation:   household, family, person

Universe:   Civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in housing units, and members of the Armed Forces living in civilian housing units on a military base or in a household not on a military base.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

In this hierarchical dataset, there are three record types. The first is the Household with 124 variables for 44,859 records. The Family record type has 76 variables for 38,995 records. The Person record type has 718 variables for 89,972 records. There are a total of 173,826 records in this dataset.


Sample:   A probability sample is used in selecting housing units.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview


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