Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1987 Panel (ICPSR 9365)

Published: Feb 17, 1992

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


Version V1

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 series of supplemental questions asked during selected household visits. A topical module was not created for the first wave of the 1987 panel. The Wave II topical module includes data on marriage and fertility history, education and training history, employment and work disability history, migration, family background, and household relationships. The Wave III topical module concerns child care arrangements and child care costs. The Wave IV topical module provides information on assets and liabilities. Included are questions on loans, IRAs, medical bills, other debts, checking accounts, and savings bonds, as well as questions related to mortgages, royalties, other investments, real estate property and vehicles, rental income, self-employment, and stocks and mutual fund shares. The topical module for Wave V includes data on educational enrollment and financing. Variables include enrollment in elementary school, high school, and college, costs of school attendance for those not attending public schools, and sources of financial assistance such as grants, loans, fellowships and scholarships, tuition reduction, and the GI Bill. The topical module for Wave VI provides information on work schedules, child care, child support agreements, support for non-household members, long-term care, disability status of children, and health status and utilization of health care services. Wave VII topical module includes data on assets and liabilities.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1987 Panel. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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1986-10 -- 1989-01

1987-02 -- 1989-05

A multistage stratified sampling design was used. The 1987 panel consisted of approximately 16,700 households. 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 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.

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

personal interviews

survey data




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