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Current Population Survey, March/April 1984 Match Files: Alimony and Child Support (ICPSR 4374)

Alternate Title:   CPS, March/April 1984

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census


The file comprises records for the six rotation groups common to the March and April 1984 Current Population Surveys. For females aged 18 years and over, data are provided on alimony and child support collected from the April supplement. These data highlight alimony and child support arrangements made at the time of separation or divorce, amount of payments actually received, and value and type of any property settlement. This file also provides the usual monthly labor force data plus data on work experience, income, and migration. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons aged 14 years and over. Additional data for persons aged 15 years and older are available concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason not working full time, total income and income components, and residence on March 1, 1983. Characteristics such as age, sex, race, household relationship, and Spanish origin are shown for each person in the household enumerated. The data on employment and income refer to the preceding year, although demographic data refer to the time of the survey. This file also contains data covering nine noncash income sources: food stamps, school lunch program, employer-provided group health insurance, employer-provided pension plan, personal health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, CHAMPUS or military health care, and energy assistance.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, MARCH/APRIL 1984 MATCH FILES: ALIMONY AND CHILD SUPPORT. ICPSR04374-v1. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Bureau of the Census [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-08-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04374.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04374.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alimony, 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:   

  • 1983-03--1984-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-03--1984-04

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

In this hierarchical dataset, there are three record types. The first is Household, with 59 variables, the Family record type has 78 variables, and the Person record type has 246 variables.


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

Mode of Data Collection:    personal interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-08-09


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