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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
This is 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. Topical modules include some core data to help link individuals to the core files. Topical module data for the 1992 Panel cover the following topics: Topical Module 1 -- welfare and other aid recipiency and employment, Topical Module 2 -- work disability, education and training, marital status, migration, and fertility histories, Topical Module 3 -- extended measures of well-being, including consumer durables, living conditions, and basic needs, Topical Module 4 -- assets and liabilities, retirement expectations and pension plan coverage, real estate, property, and vehicles, Topical Module 5 -- school enrollment and financing, Topical Module 6 -- work schedules, child care, support for nonhousehold members, functional limitations and disabilities, utilization of health care services, and home-based self-employment and size of firm, Topical Module 7 -- selected financial assets, medical expenses and work disability, real estate, shelter costs, dependent care, and vehicles, Topical Module 8 -- school enrollment and financing, Topical Module 9 -- work schedule, child care, child support agreements, child support, support for nonhousehold members, functional limitations and disability, utilization of health care, functional limitations and disability of children, health status and utilization of health care services, and utilization of health care services for children. Parts 26 and 27 are the Wave 5 and Wave 8 Topical Module Microdata Research Files obtained from the Census Bureau. These two topical module files include data on annual income, retirement accounts and taxes, and school enrollment and financing. These topical module files have not been edited nor imputed, although they have been topcoded or bottomcoded and recoded if necessary by the Census Bureau to avoid disclosure of individual respondents' identities.
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United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1992 Panel . ICPSR06429-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-11-08. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06429.v3
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06429.v3
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, living conditions, participation, poverty programs, property, public assistance programs, school attendance, unearned income, wages and salaries, wealth, welfare services
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:
Beginning with the 1990 Panel, the file structure of SIPP was changed. The unit of observation is one record for each person for each month, rather than one record per person. Also, topical modules are provided separately from the core files.
Sample: A multistage, stratified sampling design was used. One-fourth of the sample 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.
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Original ICPSR Release: 1995-03-16
- 2002-11-08 Part 26, Wave 5 Topical Module Microdata Research File, and Part 27, Wave 8 Topical Module Research File, have been added to the collection with corresponding PDF documentation. These topical module files have not been edited nor imputed, although they have been topcoded or bottomcoded and recoded if necessary by the Census Bureau to avoid disclosure of individual respondents' identities.
- 1998-08-24 Part 17, Wave 5 Topical Module Microdata File, and Part 25, Wave 9 Topical Module Microdata File, have been added to the collection with corresponding PDF documentation.
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