Current Population Survey, March/April 1982 Match Files: Alimony and Child Support (ICPSR 8267)

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This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. Additional data for persons aged 15 years old and older are available concerning weeks worked, hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. This match file is comprised of records for six rotation groups common to the March and April 1982 Current Population Surveys. Data on alimony and child support are collected from the April supplement for females 18 years old and older. 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. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated. Data on employment and income refer to the previous year, while demographic data refer to the time of the survey.

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 1982 MATCH FILES: ALIMONY AND CHILD SUPPORT. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alimony, census data, child support, demographic characteristics, divorce, employment, households, income, labor force, population characteristics, population estimates, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1982-03--1982-04

Date of Collection:  

  • 1982-03--1982-04

Universe:   Persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in March and April of 1982.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) This data file contains 203,349 records. There are three record types. Household records contain 49 variables, family records contain 78 variables, and person records contain 249 variables. (2) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.


Sample:   A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units.

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personal interviews


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