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Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1986 Full Panel Research File (ICPSR 9414)

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 in the first seven waves of the 1986 Panel of SIPP. 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, include 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) 1986 FULL PANEL RESEARCH FILE. Washington DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09414.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09414.v1

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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:   

  • 1985-10--1988-03

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-02--1988-04

Universe:    The resident population of the United States over the age of 15, excluding persons living in institutions or military barracks.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Rotation group 1 was not interviewed for Wave 3 of the 1986 Panel.


Sample:    The survey used a multistage stratified sampling design. Approximately 16,300 living quarters were selected for the sample. For Wave 1 of the 1986 Panel, interviews were obtained from the occupants of about 11,500 of the designated living quarters. Each household was assigned to one of four rotation groups, and each rotation group was interviewed every four months. Thus one-fourth of the households were interviewed each month, and households were reinterviewed at four-month intervals.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: The Census Bureau regards the data on this file as preliminary and not for citation as official estimates. Users are asked to incorporate a Census Bureau disclaimer into any report based on these data. The text of this statement can be found on page 2-2 of the printed codebook.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-10-16

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