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Status of the Elderly, 1972 (ICPSR 7694) RSS

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Summary:

This study contains merged data from the March 1972 Current Population Survey of the United States Census Bureau and the Social Security Administration's benefit record system. The primary objective of the survey was to provide the Social Security Administration with information on the population aged 60 and older in terms of work rates, amount and sources of total money income, and beneficiaries. Information provided by the survey focuses on three areas: (1) the effects of retirement benefit amount on decisions to work, (2) the effectiveness of old age, survivors', disability, and health insurance programs in meeting the needs of those who have retired, either partly or fully, because of ill health, poor skills, mandatory retirement, or the desire for leisure time, and (3) future trends in work and retirement patterns. Demographic variables specify age, sex, race, date of birth, ethnicity, occupation, and income.

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Citation

Social Security Administration. STATUS OF THE ELDERLY, 1972. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1980. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07694.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   health insurance, income, older adults, older workers, population characteristics, retirement, retirement income, Social Security, trends, work

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Data Types:   survey data, and administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

See the related collections, CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, MAY 1972 (ICPSR 7935), and CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY [CPS]/SOCIAL SECURITY SUMMARY EARNINGS [SER] EXACT MATCH FILE MARCH 1978 (ICPSR 9039).

Methodology

Sample:   A total of 14,724 noninstitutionalized civilians and members of the Armed Forces aged 60 and older in 863 counties and independent cities in 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States in 1972.

Data Source:

(1) personal interviews, and (2) United States Social Security Administration

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.

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