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Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1989 Panel (ICPSR 6427)

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


This data collection is part of a longitudinal survey designed to provide detailed information on the economic situation of households and persons in the United States. These data examine the distribution of income, wealth, and poverty in American society and gauge the effects of federal and state programs on the well-being of families and individuals. There are three basic elements contained in the survey. The first is a control card that records basic social and demographic characteristics for each person in a household, as well as changes in such characteristics over the course of the interviewing period. The second element is the core portion of the questionnaire, with questions repeated at each interview on labor force activity, types and amounts of income, participation in various cash and noncash benefit programs, attendance in postsecondary schools, private health insurance coverage, public or subsidized rental housing, low-income energy assistance, and school breakfast and lunch participation. The third element consists of topical modules, which are a series of supplemental questions asked during selected household visits. Topical modules include some core data to help link individuals to the core files. The 1989 panel is an abbreviated panel with combined core and topical module data for Wave 3. The topical module covers work schedules, child care arrangements, child support agreements, support of nonhousehold members, health status and utilization of health care services, long-term care, and disability status of children.

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

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DS1:  Wave 1 Core Microdata File - Download All Files (189.506 MB) large file
DS2:  Wave 2 Core Microdata File - Download All Files (193.834 MB) large file
DS3:  Wave 3 Core and Topical Module Microdata File - Download All Files (211.573 MB) large file

Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. SURVEY OF INCOME AND PROGRAM PARTICIPATION (SIPP) 1989 PANEL. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06427.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06427.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child care, child support, demographic characteristics, disabilities, economic conditions, energy assistance, families, financial assets, financial support, government programs, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, household conditions, households, income, income distribution, labor force, participation, poverty programs, public assistance programs, school attendance, unearned income, wages and salaries, wealth, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988-02--1989-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-10--1990-01

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


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:   1997-06-24

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