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Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1990 Panel: Waves 1-5 Longitudinal Microdata File (ICPSR 6124)

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


This data collection contains basic demographic, social, and economic data for each member of interviewed households during the first five of the eight waves of SURVEY OF INCOME AND PROGRAM PARTICIPATION (SIPP) 1990 PANEL (ICPSR 9722).

Variables include age, sex, race, ethnic origin, marital status, household relationship, education, and veteran status. Limited data are provided on housing unit characteristics such as number of units in structure and tenure.

Core questions, repeated at each interview, cover monthly labor force activity, types and amounts of monthly income, and participation in various cash and noncash benefits programs for each month of the survey period. Data for employed persons include number of hours and weeks worked, earnings, and weeks without a job. Nonworkers are classified as unemployed or not in the labor force. In addition to income data associated with labor force activity, nearly 50 other types of income data are provided. Several variables are included for use in identifying longitudinal households and persons in them and to aid in analysis.

Series: Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. SURVEY OF INCOME AND PROGRAM PARTICIPATION (SIPP) 1990 PANEL: WAVES 1-5 LONGITUDINAL MICRODATA FILE. ICPSR06124-v2. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06124.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06124.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    demographic characteristics, disabilities, economic conditions, families, financial assets, government programs, households, income, income distribution, labor force, participation, poverty programs, public assistance programs, unearned income, unemployment, wages and salaries, wealth, welfare services, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1989-10--1991-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-02--1991-08

Universe:    Resident population of the United States, excluding persons living in institutions and military barracks.

Data Type(s):    survey data


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.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-03-16

Version History:

  • 2001-05-18 The data and the data dictionary have been replaced by the Bureau of the Census because the CHAMP health insurance variable was corrected. Also, the codebook is now available as a PDF file.

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