State Health Policy Research Dataset (SHEPRD): 1980-2010 (ICPSR 34789)

Principal Investigator(s): Silver, Diana, New York University; Macinko, James, New York University


This dataset was developed to study trends in the adoption of state public health laws during 1980-2010. Specifically, the dataset covers annual trends in seatbelt laws, speed limits for passenger vehicles on rural interstates, minimum legal drinking ages, drunk driving laws, laws prohibiting the purchase of alcohol on Sundays, regulations for registering purchased kegs and/or prohibitions against selling kegs, beer taxes and total alcohol tax revenues, motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws, cigarette taxes, cigarette advertising bans, bans on workplace smoking, bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and tobacco taxes (total revenue). The dataset contains information about these laws for each year between 1980 and 2010, inclusive. In addition, it contains variables that describe the social, economic, demographic, health care, political, and crime chacteristics of the states in each of these years.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • Health and Medical Care Archive

    This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Study Description


Silver, Diana, and James Macinko. State Health Policy Research Dataset (SHEPRD): 1980-2010. ICPSR34789-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-09-24.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (67150)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1R01AA021436-01)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol consumption, civil law, drinking age, driving under the influence, health policy, public health, public safety, state regulations, tobacco use

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980--2010

Date of Collection:   

  • 2009-12-01--2013-07-01

Universe:    States of the U.S.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data, aggregate data, census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

Each state has 31 cases in the dataset, one for each year between 1980-2010, for a total of 1,550 cases.



Original ICPSR Release:   2013-10-03

Version History:

  • 2014-09-24 The principal investigators corrected the variables sbmaxfine, beertaxrate, mldage, zerotolerancelaw, zerotolerancelawbac, opencont, keg_reg and cigtax. The codebook was revised accordingly.
  • 2013-12-16 The variable beertaxrate was corrected by the principal investigators.

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