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States as Employers-of-Choice Survey, 2008-2009 (ICPSR 34890)

Principal Investigator(s): Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie, Boston College. Sloan Center on Aging and Work


The States as Employer-of-Choice was designed to examine the shifting age demographics of the workforces in state governments and help state agencies respond to the changing multigenerational workforce, with data collected from 222 state agencies in 27 states. Two surveys were conducted at two time periods: (1) before the resources and technical assistance were offered to the administrators of state agencies in 2008 (Time 1), and (2) after the completion of the technical assistance program in 2009 (Time 2). The surveys queried respondents about descriptive information on their workplace, the current workforce of the agency, factors outside of the agency that might affect workforce strategy, the perceived culture of the agency, and policies and benefits programs available to employees. Information was gathered from Human Resources managers in public sector state agencies to gauge their understanding of the following: (a) changes in the age demographics of their workforces, (b) steps they have taken to assess how these changes might impact their agencies, and (c) employer-sponsored resources (policies, programs, and benefits) that might help them to recruit, engage, and retain a multi-generational workforce, including older workers. As part of the Time 2 survey, questions on agency response to the economic downturn and assessments of the intervention were included. Demographic information includes the agency's budget, number of employees, average salary, percent of full and part-time workers. The respondent's background information includes their current position in the agency and the number of years with the agency.

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Study Description


Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie. States as Employers-of-Choice Survey, 2008-2009. ICPSR34890-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-01-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34890.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34890.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    age groups, employee benefits, employers, funding, generations, health insurance, job training, labor force, older workers, organizational culture, personnel policy, retirement, state government, training, union membership, work environment, work experience, workplaces

Smallest Geographic Unit:    State

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2008-05-12--2008-09-30 (Time1: before the technical assistance program)
  • 2009-09-17--2009-12-01 (Time2: after the technical assistance program)

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-05-12--2008-09-30 (Time1: before the technical assistance program)
  • 2009-09-17--2009-12-01 (Time2: after the technical assistance program)

Unit of Observation:    State Agencies

Universe:    State agencies in the United States with web sites.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Please refer to the Sloan Center On Aging and Work Web site for more information on the States as Employers-of-Choice Survey study.


Study Design:    The survey was implemented in two time periods: (1) The 2008 Time 1 survey collected data from a total of 222 agencies in 27 states, and (2) The 2009 Time 2 survey collected data on 108 agencies in the same 27 states. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for more information on study design.

Sample:    Using the web sites of the 50 state governments, 20 state agencies that had counterparts in other states were identified (e.g. Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Revenue, and Department of Corrections). Each agency needed to have at least 50 employees. Please refer to the Original P. I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for information on sampling.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted self interview (CASI)

Response Rates:    (1) 14.3 percent (2) 27.0 percent. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for addtional information on response rates.

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-01-17

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