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Current Population Survey, May 1988: Survey of Employee Benefits (ICPSR 9316)

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


This dataset includes information on labor force activity for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive data are provided on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and over. Also included are personal characteristics such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational background, and Spanish origin. The supplement includes data on pension and retirement plan coverage through employer- or union-sponsored retirement plans, as well as individual retirement plans (IRAs) and Keoghs. Questions were asked of all persons employed for pay in four rotation groups common to the March 1988 Current Population Survey (CPS). Income and work experience data from the March income supplement are also included for individuals in these four rotation groups. In addition, the May supplement file was matched to the June CPS file to pick up that month's earnings data, and it was matched to the March income supplement to pick up detailed income information. The May supplement can be viewed as having three distinct parts: CPS labor force data, employee benefits supplement data, and March income data.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, MAY 1988: SURVEY OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09316.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09316.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, demographic characteristics, employee benefits, employment, households, income, labor force, occupations, pensions, population characteristics, population estimates, retirement plans, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-05

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-05

Universe:    The universe consists of all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The probability sample selected to represent the universe consists of approximately 53,000 households.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

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