Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1984 Panel: Health-Wealth Merged File (ICPSR 8903)

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


This data collection, which contains merged data from the topical modules for Waves III and IV of Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), is especially useful for analyses on the older population. In addition to providing data on basic social and economic characteristics, sources of income, and participation in various cash and noncash transfer programs, the file also includes data on health conditions, physical limitations, health insurance coverage, pension coverage, assets and liabilities, housing conditions, costs, and energy use.

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

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Study Description


United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1984 Panel: Health-Wealth Merged File . ICPSR08903-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    demographic characteristics, disabilities, economic conditions, energy consumption, families, financial assets, government programs, health insurance, households, housing conditions, income, income distribution, labor force, participation, pensions, physical disabilities, poverty programs, public assistance programs, unearned income, wages and salaries, wealth, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984-01--1984-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-06--1985-01

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Other SIPP files may be found under a separate study number, ICPSR 8317. The Health-Wealth file contains blanks, dashes, and alphabetic codes. Because the file has been collapsed from hierarchical to rectangular form, the file contains large blank areas. Data from Waves III and IV together span 12 months of information, from January to December 1984. Data for each respondent spans no more than eight months. The age distribution of the 58,268 persons interviewed was as follows: 0-64 years (n=54,370), 65-74 years (n=2,300), 75-84 years (n=1,308), 85 and older (n=290).


Sample:    SIPP employed a multi-stage stratified sampling design. Approximately 26,000 housing units were initially selected, and about 21,000 of these were occupied and eligible for interview. One-fourth of these households were interviewed each month, and households were re-interviewed at four-month intervals. All persons at least 15 years old who were present as household members at the time of the first interview are included, except those moving to Alaska, outside the United States, or into military barracks. About 4,000 of nearly 19,000 households had a householder aged 65 or older.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-01-10

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