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  • 'Brain Drain' Debate in the United Kingdom, c.1950-1970
    Qualitative project. Sought to provide an analysis of the 'brain drain' debate of the 1950s and 1960s as a social phenomenon. The term 'brain drain' was adopted in the 1960s in the context of concerns the United Kingdom was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries. Although the term is used in a variety of academic, policy and popular discussions about the international mobility of scientists, this project sought to rectify the absence of scholarly literature analyzing the original 'brain drain' debate. Comprised of 19 oral history interviews with scientists and engineers who emigrated to the United States or Canada in the 1950s or 1960s as well as British policymakers involved in any way in the 'brain drain' debate at this time. Also included is the transcript of a 'witness seminar' that brought officials and former emigres together to discuss their recollections. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Adaptation Process of Cuban and Haitian Refugees
    Survey of refugees to southern Florida, includes 514 Cubans arriving in 1980 in the Mariel boat lift and 500 Haitians arriving between 1980 and 1982. Stratified multi-stage sample; Cuban sample interviewed in 1983 and again in 1985-6; Haitians sampled after arrival in 1980-82 and again 2 years later.

  • After the JD
    Longitudinal study designed to track the careers of a nationally representative cohort of lawyers admitted to the bar in the year 2000. The first wave of (AJD1) provided a snapshot of the personal lives and careers of this cohort about 3 years after they began practicing law. The second wave (AJD2) sought to illuminate the progression of lawyers' careers through roughly 7 years in practice. The third wave (AJD3) continued to shed light on lawyers' 12-year professional and personal pathways. After 12 years, the AJD lawyers had a decade of work experience behind them, and the contours of their careers were more clearly shaped. Throughout their professional careers, these lawyers had experienced important transitions (such as promotion to partnership, marriage, and job changes), which were only in process by Wave 2. AJD3 marked a significant milestone, essential to assess the personal and career trajectories of this cohort of lawyers. AJD3 sought to locate and survey only individuals who had previously responded to either AJD1 or AJD2. Sample members who never responded to any survey wave were not located in AJD3. The AJD3 data collection started in May 2012 and was completed in early 2013. The dataset allowed for the analysis of a broad range of questions about the careers of lawyers and the social organization of the American legal profession. Topics covered include current professional employment, impact of economic downturn, type of work, clients, mentors, employment history, social, political, and community participation, and background and family information. Demographics include ethnicity, employment status, sexuality, marital status, age, and gender.

  • Age and Generations Study, 2007-2008
    Documented employee and employer outcomes related to the experiences of multi-generational teams in 5 industry sectors, and examined how the work relationships of these team members might change over time. The 5 industry sectors included in this collection were retail, pharmaceuticals, finance, health care, and higher education. Various questions focused on the organization and on how the interactions of multi-generational work units affected outcomes for employees in the department/unit, as well as their performance and productivity outcomes. Additionally, the survey requested information on employees' perceptions of their work experience, work that is done by their work groups, opportunities for learning and development, organizational policies, and their assessments of their health and well-being. Demographic variables included gender, birth year, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, number of children, hourly wage, salary, and household income.

  • All The Ginis 1950-2012
    Combined Gini data from Luxembourg Income Study (suffix LIS), Socio-Economic Database for Latin America (suffix SEDLAC), World Income Distribution (suffix WYD; the full data set is available, World Bank Europe and Central Asia (suffix EE) and WIDER (suffix W) databases; with their key dummies (net/gross, income/expenditure, household/individual). More than 1500 consistent Gini values from 154 countries and covering the period from 1950 to 2012.

  • American Time Use Survey (2003+)
    Collects information on how people living in the United States spend their time. Estimates show the kinds of activities people do and the time spent doing them by sex, age, educational attainment, labor force status, and other characteristics, as well as by weekday and weekend day. Also see the extract builder for quick cross tabulations (free registration is required). Also found on ICPSR. From 2006-2008, an Eating and Health Module included statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Data are also presented on measures of the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population by time spent in various activities. 2010, 2012, and 2013 included a Well-Being module which contains information related to how people felt during selected activities, as well as general health information. Also see the American Time Use Survey Data Extract Builder. Also see the American Heritage Time Use Survey Extract Builder which includes surveys from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003+.

  • Americans' Changing Lives: Waves I-V (1986, 1989, 1994, 2002, and 2011)
    Focusing especially on differences between black and white Americans in middle & late life, these data constitute the first 5 waves in a national longitudinal panel survey covering a wide range of sociological, psychological, mental, and physical health items. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships (spouse/partner, children, parents, friends), sources and levels of satisfaction, social interactions and leisure activities, traumatic life events (physical assault, serious illness, divorce, death of a loved one, financial or legal problems), perceptions of retirement, health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, overweight, rest), and utilization of health care services (doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing home institutionalization, bed days). Also included are measures of physical health, psychological well-being, and indices referring to cognitive functioning. Background information provided for individuals includes household composition, number of children and grandchildren, employment status, occupation and work history, income, family financial situation, religious beliefs and practices, ethnicity, race, education, sex, and region of residence.

  • Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll (ASPEP) (1992+)
    Measures the number of federal, state, and local civilian government employees and their gross monthly payroll for March of the survey year for state and local governments and for the Federal Government. Includes law enforcement.

  • Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State & Local Data (1993+)
    Provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for the defined benefit public pension systems. Data are shown for individual retirement systems as well as at the national, state, and local level. Any year-to-year comparisons should be exercised with caution.

  • Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and Research (ADDEP)
    Archive of quantitative and qualitative data on disability. Can be used to better understand and inform the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability policies with the goal of improving the lives and conditions of people with disabilities.

  • Artists Training and Career Project
    Studied the training and career choices and patterns of craftspeople, painters, and actors through national surveys of a sampling of artists in each discipline. Topics include training and preparation, acceptance in the marketplace, critical evaluation, public response, involvement in professional organizations, and career satisfaction.

  • Assets and Opportunity Scorecard
    Source for data on household financial security and policy solutions. Looks at financial assets and income; businesses and jobs; housing and homeownership; healthcare; and education.

  • Assisting Unemployment Insurance Claimants: The Long-Term Impact of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration (1993-98)
    Examined the impact of job search assistance programs on unemployment insurance claimants in Florida and the District of Columbia.

  • Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B)
    Examines students' education and work experiences after they complete a bachelor's degree, with a special emphasis on the experiences of new elementary and secondary teachers. Provides both cross-sectional information 1 year after bachelor's degree completion, comparable to the Recent College Graduate Survey, and longitudinal data concerning entry into and progress through graduate-level education and the workforce. Provides information on entry into, persistence and progress through, and completion of graduate-level education. This information has not been available through follow-ups involving high school cohorts or even college-entry cohorts, both of which are restricted in the number who actually complete the bachelor's degrees and continue their education. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data. Following several cohorts of students over time, B&B looks at bachelor's degree recipients' workforce participation, and income and debt repayment. It addresses several issues specifically related to teaching, including teacher preparation, entry into and persistence in the profession, and teacher career paths. B&B also gathers extensive information on bachelor's degree recipients' undergraduate experience, demographic backgrounds, expectations regarding graduate study and work, and participation in community service. B&B draws its initial cohorts from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), which uses a nationally representative sample of postsecondary students and institutions to examine how students pay for postsecondary education. Initial B&B cohorts are a representative sample of graduating seniors in all majors. The first B&B cohort (about 11,000 students) was drawn from the 1993 NPSAS and followed-up by survey in 1994, 1997, and 2003. The second B&B cohort (about 10,000 students) was chosen from the 2000 NPSAS and followed-up in 2001. The third B&B cohort was drawn from the 2008 NPSAS sample. This group of approximately 19,000 sample members was followed-up in 2009 and is currently being interviewed in 2012.

  • Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Longitudinal Study
    Designed specifically to collect data related to persistence in and completion of postsecondary education programs; relationships between work and education efforts; and the effect of postsecondary education on the lives of individuals. Follows students who are enrolled in a postsecondary institution for the first time. Initially, these individuals are surveyed through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to find out how they and their families pay for education beyond high school. These same students are surveyed 2- and 5-years later through BPS to find out about their undergraduate experiences, persistence in school, degree completion, and employment following enrollment. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

  • Benefits and Earnings Public-Use File, 2004
    Consists of 2 separate but linkable subfiles - one with benefit information and the other with longitudinal earnings information. Sample beneficiary records drawn from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program can be linked to their corresponding earnings histories.

  • Boston Youth Labor (Market) Survey (1980, 1989)
    Also referred to as the Young Black Men Employment Study.

  • Building Strong Families (BSF) Project Data Collection, 2005-2008, United States
    Examined the effectiveness of programs designed to improve child well-being and strengthen the relationships of low-income couples through relationship skills education. Surveyed couples 15 months after having applied and having been accepted into a BSF program at one of 8 locations offering services to unwed couples expecting, or having recently had a baby. The 1st major focus of the study was family structure. Question topics included information on recently born children, as well as the parents and their relationship status. If the parents were still together, respondents were asked whether they were currently married or planned to marry in the future. If no longer together, reasons for the relationship ending were explored. The 2nd major focus queried respondents about parental involvement with their child or children. They were then asked to rate their perceived quality as parents, their communication skills, and cooperation between parental responsibilities. Respondents were also questioned regarding the amount of time spent by each parent with their child, including playing games, feeding, and changing diapers. The 3rd major focus asked respondents about their relationships. They were asked to give their opinions of marriage and their level of satisfaction in their current relationship. Respondents were also asked to list the frequency, if applicable, of various occurrences within their relationship. Subjects included communication, enjoyment of each others' company, partner reliability, infidelity, and domestic violence. The 4th major focus queried respondents on their well-being. They were asked whether they attended religious services, how they felt in the past month about being a parent, and their feelings and behavior during the past week. Respondents were further asked if these feelings or problems made it difficult for them to work or communicate with other people. They were also asked about consumption of alcoholic beverages in the past year, and if alcohol use created problems with employment. The 5th major focus questioned respondents about the utilization of various services. They were asked if they participated in any programs such as classes, workshops, or group sessions in order to help their relationship. They were also asked if they had met with someone, such as a social worker or a priest, to help them work on their relationship. Respondents were asked if they participated in programs to improve parenting skills, learn job skills, increase education, or find employment. They were also asked if they participated in any programs to help with anger management or domestic violence. The 6th major focus dealt with paternity and child support. Respondents were asked if they voluntarily signed a birth certificate or document identifying them as the mother or father. They were asked if they were legally required to provide child support, the amount of that support, and if they gave money in addition to child support to help with the cost of raising the child or children. The 7th major focus dealt with family self-sufficiency. Respondents were asked if they or their partner performed any work for pay during the past year, the past month, and their earnings during those times. They were then asked if they received any additional sources of income such as welfare, disability insurance, and unemployment. Respondents were then asked if they and their partner combined some, all, or none of their money. They were asked how the responsibility for bill payment was divided between partners and if, at any point, they had difficulty paying bills. Respondents were also asked if they owned a car, rented or owned a home, and whether they were covered by health insurance. Lastly they were asked about their health and who they could count on in an emergency. The final major focus explored parental well-being. Respondents were asked if they were currently in prison or jail, had ever been arrested, had served a jail or prison sentence in the past and, if so, how long they were incarcerated. Additional information collected included country of origin of the respondent and the respondent's parents, who they spent most of their life with prior to age 18, whether they lived with both of their biological parents at the same time, and if their parents were married. Respondents were also asked about their previous sexual experience. Demographic data includes race, education level, age, income, and marital status.

  • California Work and Health Survey (1998-2000) (CWHS)
    Telephone based, longitudinal survey of California adults designed by faculty and staff of the Work and Health Program at the University of California, San Francisco. Includes extensive coverage of employment status, recent job loss, working conditions and environment, and of physical and mental health status.

  • California Work Force Survey 2001-2002
    Telephone survey designed to assess the state of working conditions in California, and to help inform public debate about critical issues facing the State in the areas of labor and employment. One focus of the survey was to measure the attitudes of California adults about a range of public policy issues related to employment. Another focus was to measure the extent to which various groups of workers differ in regard to wages, hours, benefits, and control over their working environment. Unionized workers were oversampled in this survey to facilitate comparative analyses of unionized workers and non-unionized workers.

  • California Work Pays Demonstration Project: County Welfare Administrative Data, 1992-1998
    Documents the dynamics of family poverty and welfare in California. Includes data on the individual, household, welfare and employment characteristics of AFDC recipients and households, during and after their participation in the welfare system.

  • CalWORKS Datasets
    Statewide evaluation of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program. Inclues the 1998 and 1999 All County Information Surveys.

  • Chicago Longitudinal Study, 1986-1989
    Investigated the educational and social development of a same-age cohort of 1,539 low-income, minority children (93 percent African American) who grew up in high-poverty neighborhoods in central-city Chicago and attended government-funded kindergarten programs in the Chicago Public Schools in 1985-1986. Children were at risk of poor outcomes because they face social-environmental disadvantages including neighborhood poverty, family low-income status, and other economic and educational hardships.

  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrative Data (2001+)
    The Child Care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services provides federal Child Care and Development Fund dollars to States, Territories, and Tribes to provide assistance to low-income families receiving or transitioning from temporary public assistance, in obtaining quality child care so they can work, or depending on their state's policy, attend training or receive education. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 requires states and territories to collect information on all family units receiving assistance through the CCDF and to submit monthly case-level data. States are permitted to report case-level data for the entire population or a sample of the population, under approved sampling guidelines.

  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database
    CCDF provides federal money to states, territories, and tribes to provide assistance to low-income families receiving or in transition from temporary public assistance, to obtain quality child care so they can work, attend training, or receive education. Within the broad federal parameters, states and territories set the detailed policies. Those details determine whether a particular family will or will not be eligible for subsidies, how much the family will have to pay for the care, how families apply for and retain subsidies, the maximum amounts that child care providers will be reimbursed, and the administrative procedures that providers must follow. Thus, while CCDF is a single program from the perspective of federal law, it is in practice a different program in every state and territory. The CCDF Policies Database Series is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of inter-related sources of CCDF policy information that support the needs of a variety of audiences through (1) Analytic Data Files and (2) a Book of Tables. These are made available to researchers, administrators, and policymakers with the goal of addressing important questions concerning the effects of alternative child care subsidy policies and practices on the children and families served, specifically parental employment and self-sufficiency, the availability and quality of care, and children's development.

  • Class Structure and Class Consciousness: Merged Multi-Nation File (1980-1983)
    Measures how such social concepts as authority, autonomy, and hierarchy relate to the social, economic, and occupational positions of individuals, thus providing a systematic means for analyzing social class structure. Addressed work-related issues such as supervision, decision-making, autonomy, respondent's formal position in the hierarchy, ownership, credentials, and income. Other work- related data describe the size, industrial sector, and government or corporate linkages of the individual's employer. Further information was gathered on the class origins of the respondent's family and of the families of the respondent's spouse and friends. Data on class-related experiences such as unemployment and union participation were also collected, as well as data on the division of power and labor in the household. In addition, contained a broad range of questions on social and political attitudes and on the respondent's political participation. Universe: USA: 18 & older working, not working but wanting to work, or housewives with working spouses. Sweden: 18-65 in the work force. Norway: 16-66 employed, unemployed, or housewives. Canada: Non-institutionalized & non-disabled 15-65 employed, unemployed or housewives. Finland: 18-65 employed, unemployed or housewives.

  • Continuous Longitudinal Manpower Surveys (1975-1981)
    Used to measure the effectiveness of programs under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and to evaluate the impact of CETA on participant earnings.

  • Cornell Retirement and Well Being Study, 1994-1999
    The purpose of this longitudinal study was to explore pathways in and out of paid work and unpaid community service, as well as the implications of different trajectories for well-being in later life. Investigated the transition to and life during retirement by following both male and female older workers and retirees over a five-year period.

  • Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement, 1952
    National, longitudinal study of retirement that began in 1952 and was likely the 1st large-scale study of retirement behavior. Aimed to understand and follow the transition from work to retirement -- a "well-defined" life transition in the 1950s. Followed a cohort of 64-year-old workers into their retirement years. Over the course of the 6-year study, over 50 percent of the respondents retired. Includes a wide range of questions regarding: sociodemographic characteristics, family, daily activities, work (type of work and work satisfaction), economic status (income, homeownership, and household size), pensions, age identity, age stereotypes, retirement plans, health, life satisfaction and adjustment to the retirement transition. Unique features of the study include: (1) Gender. Both men and women were surveyed. Much of our current understanding of retirement behavior mid-century (and even into the 1970s) is based on men's experiences. The Cornell Study includes female workers, both unmarried and married. (2) Longitudinal Design. Most retirement studies at that point in history were small-scale and cross-sectional. (3) Health Information. In addition to self-reported health information from the respondents, medical directors at the sampled companies were interviewed and asked to conduct a standardized physical examination of the employees in the sample -- the medical records on the respondents have been retained. These data are in hard-copy paper format. Thus, it appears that no meaningful analysis of the data has yet been conducted. This study consists of data from the first wave of the project, conducted in 1952. As the baseline for the ongoing longitudinal research, it provides useful information on potential retirees' attitudes and corresponding demographic information.

  • Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF), 1970-2013
    Contains equivalently defined variables for the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study (KLIPS) (new this year), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) (new this year), the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Each user must apply for access.

  • Cross-national Nonstandard Work Data
    Country-level dataset with indicators of part-time work and other forms of nonstandard employment based on a sample of 50 countries between 2000 and 2010. The original sources for this dataset include the OECD, Eurostat, International Social Survey Programee, and ESS.

  • Cuban and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.
    The aim of this longitudinal study, based on data on Cuban and Mexican immigrants to the USA collected in 1973-74, was to map the process of immigrant adaptation and incorporation into the labor market. Follow-ups in 1976 and 1979.

  • Cultural Continuity Study, 1966-1972
    Longitudinal study that followed the lives of educated American women from their senior year in college for 5 years post graduation in order to examine the cultural values and role dilemmas of educated women in the two traditional fields of nursing and teaching.

  • Current Population Survey (CPS) (1962+)
    Monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A detailed demographic supplement is conducted annually in March, and supplements on other topics, including computer use and school enrollment, are also conducted regularly. Listings documenting the occurrence of current population survey supplements by topic and month are available. Questionnaires and codebooks are available at the Census Bureau site. For comparisons of CPS, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. See the Current Population Reports series for summary reports and methodological papers. While geography is at the state, county, or metropolitan statistical area level, one should use with caution for detailed geography due to the sample size.

  • Data Archive of Social Research on Aging (DASRA)
    Contains various large surveys for the USA: Longitudinal Study of Aging, 1984-1990; Longitudinal Retirement History Study, 1969-1979; Second Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA II): Baseline (Second Supplement on Aging (SOA II), 1994-1996) and Wave 2, Survivor and Decedent Files, 1994-1998, and Wave 3 Survivor and Decedent Files, 1999-2000; National Long-Term Care Survey: 1982, 1984, 1989; Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE), Waves I-IV, 1993-2001; and National Survey of Self-Care and Aging (NSSCA), 1990-1994. Also contains select international studies: National Survey of the Japanese Elderly (NSJE): Wave 1-4, 1987-1996; Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE) (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, and South Africa (2002-2004); and the Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE): Pilot Study, 2005. Part of Sociometrics.

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
    Provides easy access to a wide variety of economic, social, political, and marketing indicators.

  • Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents in Institutions of Higher Education (2006)

  • Disability Statistics (Cornell University)
    Portal to disability statistics.

  • Earnings Public-Use File, 2006 (EPUF)
    Contains earnings records for individuals drawn from a systematic 1% random sample of all Social Security numbers issued before January 1, 2007. With a few minor exceptions, all of the data in this file are from the summary segment of the Social Security Administration's Master Earnings File, the administrative file used to determine an individual's eligibility for Social Security benefits and the amount of benefits paid. Consists of 2 separate, linkable files -one with demographic and aggregate earnings information for all individuals in EPUF (the demographic subfile) and one with annual earnings information for the individuals who had positive earnings in at least 1 year during 1951-2006 (the annual earnings subfile.) The demographic subfile contains records for over 4 million individuals, and the annual earnings subfile contains over 60 million earnings records for about 3 million individuals.

  • Effect of Job Transfer on American Women, 1977-1979
    Conducted to investigate the reasons why some employees and their families are willing to move and others are not, to examine what conditions make moving easy or difficult, and to assess the effects of a mobile lifestyle.

  • Effect of Welfare Women's Working on Their Families, 1969-1972
    Designed to study low-income mothers and their work, particularly how employment affects home and personal life and in what ways, if any, current family structure is a barrier to employment.

  • Employer Health Benefits Annual Survey (1998+)
    Tracks trends in employer health insurance coverage, the cost of that coverage, and other topical health insurance issues. Findings are based on a nationally representative survey of public and private employers, including those who respond to the full survey and those who indicate only whether or not they provide health coverage. Firms surveyed range in size from three to more than 300,000 employees.

  • Employer Perspectives on the Health Insurance Market: A Survey of Businesses in the United States, 2014
    Investigated health insurance benefits offered by private-sector employers as key components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were implemented. The employers were interviewed about the types of health benefits they offered to employees and dependents, reasons for offering health insurance, and key considerations when choosing health insurance plans with an emphasis on sources of information used to evaluate health insurance plan quality. Additional topics covered by the survey include the use of brokers to assist in choosing health insurance plans, changes in insurance carriers or decisions to offer additional plans with a new insurance carrier, and how employers planned to react to the ACA requirement that employers with 50 or more full-time employees offer coverage to at least 70 % of full-time employees or face financial penalties.

  • Employment Retention and Advancement Project, 2000-2007 [United States] (ERA)
    Designed to fill the gap in knowledge about employment retention and advancement strategies that might be effective. The goal was to identify and rigorously test a diverse set of innovative models designed to promote employment stability and wage or earnings progression among current or former welfare recipients or other low-income groups. As part of ERA, over a dozen different program models have been evaluated over the past 10 years using random assignment research designs. These models embodied states' and localities' choices of program goals, target populations, and program features, and the programs were largely paid for through existing funding streams. The programs were thus "real-world" interventions initiated by practitioners and not programs set up and funded solely for research purposes. The diversity of the models presents an opportunity to explore the effectiveness of a variety of strategies implemented for different populations in order to identify what might work. This collection includes 7 datasets, four classified as Core/Final Report Sites and three from Harder to Employ Sites. Almost all of the ERA programs targeted current or former recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the cash welfare program that mainly serves single mothers and their children. The programs differed, however, in terms of when services were first provided and to whom. The Harder to Employ Sites files focus on the 3 ERA models that served harder to employ populations; (1) Tier 2 program in Minnesota: unemployed welfare-to-work participants who were in welfare-to-work services for a year or longer and hadn't been employed in the previous three months were given welfare-to-work services aimed at addressing barriers to employment which took into account their employment limitations. The Tier 2 program focused on assessing barriers to employment and addressing those barriers through referrals to appropriate services and close monitoring and follow-up. (2) New York City PRIDE: welfare recipients who were deemed "employable with limitations" were required to take part in welfare-to-work activities -- which emphasized unpaid work experience, education, and job placement assistance -- however, the program took into account their employment limitations when placing them in activities. The PRIDE program began with an in-depth assessment of participants' work and education history and their medical conditions. (3) New York City Substance Abuse Case Management (SACM): public assistance applicants and recipients who screened positive for signs of substance abuse were given a mandatory appointment to assess the level of substance abuse treatment needed. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, clients were referred to treatment, employment services, or a combination of both. Noncompliance at any stage resulted in sanctions and loss of public assistance benefits. Information was collected on respondents' employment status, job training, pay rate and benefits, occupation sector, health care, childcare, transportation, and a variety of job related topics. Demographic variables included household income, housing arrangements, number of people living in household, and respondent health status.

  • Encuesta sobre Migracion en la Frontera Norte y Sur de Mexico
    Includes 2 databases: (1) provides elements based on direct and reliable information on the dynamic analysis, the magnitude and characteristics of migration of Mexican workers to the United States and (2) measures and characterizes migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, moving into Mexico and / or America, for the purpose of working in these countries. Free registration is required.

  • Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), New York City
    10-year study that evaluated innovative strategies aimed at improving employment and other outcomes for groups who faced serious barriers to employment. 1st comprehensive attempt to understand the diverse low-income population and to test interventions aimed at the most common barriers that are encountered in this population's employment. Designed to evaluate a variety of innovative ways to boost employment, reduce welfare receipt, and promote well-being in low-income populations. Evaluated the effectiveness of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), which is an employment program for former prisoners based in New York City. The CEO evaluation aimed to determine whether CEO's transitional jobs and other services are more effective than basic job search assistance. Enrollment for this study was conducted between January 2004 and October 2005 and resulted in a sample of 977 former prisoners (568 in the program group and 409 in the control group). Individuals assigned to the program group were eligible for all of CEO's services, including the pre-employment class, the transitional job, job coaching, job development, a fatherhood program, and post-placement services. Individuals assigned to the control group began with a shorter version of the pre-employment class and were given access to a resource room with basic job search equipment such as computers and fax machines. Respondents were asked about their employment history, recidivism history, time spent on parole, parole violations, and arrest history, including prior convictions, types of convictions, and length of incarceration. Information was collected about respondents' work experience with and without the assistance of the CEO; this information included whether respondents participated in group or individual job searches, vocational or educational training, received referrals to job openings, help with their resumes, advice about filing out job applications, job interviews, or how to behave on the job, help with child support issues and whether they participated in father discussion groups or parenting programs. Respondents were also asked about their current living situation, work schedule, hourly wage, job benefits, health coverage, whether they had a mentor, how often they saw their children, and the type of relationship they had with their children. Demographic information includes age, race, marital status, education, employment status, and home ownership status.

  • Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project, Philadelphia, PA
    10-year study (taken on by the MDRC) that evaluated innovative strategies aimed at improving employment and other outcomes for groups who face serious barriers to employment. First comprehensive attempt to understand the diverse low-income population and to test interventions aimed at the most common barriers to this population's employment. The HtE demonstration was designed to evaluate a variety of innovative ways to boost employment, reduce welfare receipt, and promote well-being in low-income populations. This study tests two employment strategies. The first employment strategy, administered by the Transitional Work Corporation (TWC), was a paid transitional employment program that combined temporary, subsidized employment with work-related assistance. The second employment strategy, the Success Through Employment Preparation (STEP) program, focused on assessing and treating employment barriers before participants obtained a job. From 2004 to 2006, 1,942 recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who were not currently employed or participating in work activities were randomly assigned to one of the two program groups. Evaluation of the programs had three components: implementation and process analysis, impact analysis, and cost analysis. The implementation and process analysis examined how the programs operated, based primarily on site visits and interviews with program staff and administrators. The impact analysis measured the programs' effects on outcomes including employment, welfare use, and family functioning. The cost analysis compares the financial costs of the interventions. Outcomes for both groups were followed for at least three years, using public administrative records and surveys of study participants. In addition, follow-up surveys were conducted 15 and 36 months after random assignment in most sites. Information was collected on whether respondents participated in employment, vocational or education training activity. Respondents were asked whether they received help for things such as childcare, getting and/or keeping Medicaid and food stamps, paying for transportation, substance abuse treatment, addressing domestic violence, addressing legal issues, financial needs, or handling their household budget. Respondents were also asked if they received paid vacation time or sick days, where their income came from, and whether they earned any type of degree or certificate. Additional topics include health status, the length of time respondents received TANF funds, and employment history. Demographic information includes age, race, marital status, education, employment status, and home ownership status.

  • Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project: Kansas and Missouri, Enhanced Early Head Start
    10-year study (taken on by the MDRC) that evaluated innovative strategies aimed at improving employment and other outcomes for groups who faced serious barriers to employment. First comprehensive attempt to understand the diverse low-income population and to test interventions aimed at the most common barriers that are encountered in this population's employment. The the demonstration was designed to evaluate a variety of innovative ways to boost employment, reduce welfare receipt, and promote well-being in low-income populations. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Enhanced Early Head Start (EHS) program on addressing the developmental needs of young children living in poverty by offering enhanced services aimed at proactively addressing the employment and educational needs of their parents. This program included the addition of on-site self-sufficiency specialists to work with program staff and families on topics such as, formalized employment, self-sufficiency services and community partnerships with local employment-focused and educational agencies. The Early Head Start full research sample consists of 610 individuals randomly assigned between August 2004 and December 2006 (305 members in the program group and 305 in the control group). The research team followed the two groups for over three years, using surveys and administrative data. All 610 sample members completed a baseline survey at random assignment, providing basic demographic information, employment and child care history prior to the study. Two follow-up surveys were collected at the 18-month and 42-month mark. At 42-months, respondents who responded to the 18-month survey were asked about child care activities since their earlier survey interview date, while respondents who responded only to the 42-month survey were asked about child care activities since random assignment. Data were collected on receipt of EHS services and assistance programs, TANF history, type and amount of child care used, child immunization records, parenting, child behavior, child social-emotional skills, as well as child reading and math skills. Demographic information includes age, race, marital status, education, source of income, employment status, and public assistance information.

  • Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project: Rhode Island, Working Toward Wellness
    10-year study (taken on by the MDRC) that evaluated strategies aimed at improving employment and other outcomes for groups who face serious barriers to employment. First comprehensive attempt to understand the diverse low-income population and to test interventions aimed at the most common barriers to this population's employment. The HtE demonstration was designed to assess ways to boost employment, reduce welfare receipt, and promote well-being in low-income populations. Analyzed the effectiveness of the Rhode Island "Working toward Wellness" (WTW) program, a one-year program that provided telephonic care management to depressed parents receiving Medicaid in Rhode Island. The Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology Self Report (QIDS-SR) questionnaire was administered to parents in order to identify those with major depression. All consenting parents who were found to have major depression were then assigned to the study. The Working Toward Wellness full research sample consisted of 499 individuals randomly assigned between November 2004 and October 2006 (245 members in the program group and 254 in the control group). The research team followed the two groups for three years using surveys. All 400 sample members completed a baseline survey at random assignment, providing basic demographic information, data on depression, other health outcomes, employment, participation in outreach programs, receipt of behavioral health services, and material hardship prior to enrollment in the study. Three follow up surveys were collected at the sixth month, eighteenth month, and thirty-sixth month marks. The WTW 6, 18, and 36 month reports include data from surveys administered to parents and children; however, only measures used in the adult/parent analysis are included due to restrictions. Care managers recorded information on attempted and completed calls with 230 members in the program group. Data was collected on respondent's general health, depression scores and treatments, substance abuse, work performance and attendance, as well as wages and income. Demographic information includes age, race, marital status, education, employment status, individual and household monthly income, as well as social security and disability status.

  • Equality of Opportunity Project

  • Evaluation of Short-Time Compensation Programs (1991-1994)
    Examines the impact of short- time compensation (STC) on firm behavior in California, Florida, Kansas, New York, and Washington. State unemployment insurance data and employer survey data are used to analyze the STC option within the unemployment insurance system, which provides employers with an alternative to layoffs.

  • Expenditure and Employment Data for the Criminal Justice System (1971+)
    Public expenditure & employment data pertaining to criminal justice activities in the United States. Information on employment, payroll, and expenditures is provided for police, courts, prosecutors' offices, and corrections agencies. Specific variables include identification of each government, number of full- and part-time employees, level of full- and part-time payroll, current expenditures, capital outlay, and intergovernmental expenditures.

  • Experimental Poverty Measures Public - Use Research Files (1997+)
    Since the development of the current official poverty measure in the 1960's there have been a series of studies and reviews of the conceptual and technical elements that make up the measure. These studies produced a large number of technical working papers and reports, including a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 1995 report Measuring Poverty, that address the important measurement issues that are still being discussed by researchers and policy makers today. For many years, the Census Bureau has estimated a number of experimental poverty measures based on recommendations of the 1995 NAS report (NAS-based measures). An Interagency Technical Working Group on Developing a Supplemental Poverty Measure was formed in 2009 and charged with developing a set of initial starting points to permit the U.S. Census Bureau, in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to produce a Supplemental Poverty Measure. The Supplemental Poverty Measure will not replace the official poverty measure and will not be used to determine eligibility for government programs. Instead, the Supplemental Poverty Measure is designed as an experimental poverty measure that defines income thresholds and resources in a manner different from the official poverty measure.

  • Federal employment data, 1973-2016
    Provides salary, title, agency, occupation, and demographic details about millions of U.S. government employees, as well as their migrations into, out of, and through the federal bureaucracy. Nearly 30 gigabytes in total. Obtained by BuzzFeed via a FOIA request to the Office of Personnel Management. Data are fixed-width and pipe-delimited text files.

  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
    Follows a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly 3/4 of whom were born to unmarried parents). Refers to unmarried parents and their children as fragile families to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families. Designed to primarily address 4 questions: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?

  • Generations of Talent Study
    Sought to examine several dimensions of quality of employment as experienced by today's multigenerational workforces. The primary goal was to explore how country-related factors and age-related factors affect employees' perceptions of quality of employment. Information was gathered from employees working in 11 different countries including the United States, United Kingdom, China, India, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Botswana. The industry sectors included technology, pharmaceuticals, consulting, energy, and finance. Demographic variables included gender, birth year, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, number of children, hourly wage, salary, and household income.

  • Globalisation of the Executive Search Industry in Europe, 1980-2007
    Aimed to develop knowledge and understanding of the contemporary globalization of the headhunting industry in Europe and the United States and its implications for new forms and geographies of executive search and selection. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Health and Retirement Study. 1992+
    Paints an emerging portrait of an aging America's physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial status, family support systems, labor market status, and retirement planning. Registration is required. For an overview, see Chatterjee and Huston.

    Sample Size: Over 22,000 Americans over the age of 50 every 2 years.

  • Health Professional Shortage Area Data Download
    A Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) is a geographic area which has shortages of primary care, dental, or mental health providers. The HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) extracts HPSA data from the Shortage Designation Management System (SDMS), which is the transactional source system of record for all HPSA disciplines. Current only.

  • High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09)
    Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 9th graders who were followed through their secondary and postsecondary years, with an emphasis on understanding students' trajectories from the beginning of high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond. Also available directly through NCES.

  • Historical state and sub-state minimum wage data
    Historical state and sub-state minimum wage levels for the United States. From these daily minimum wage increases, we create state and sub-state panels at daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual frequencies. The state datasets span May 1974 to July 2016 and the sub-state datasets include city and county changes from January 2004 to July 2016.

  • Houston Area Survey (1982+)
    Longitudinal study that began in May 1982 after Houston recovered from recession of the mid-1980s. Measures the public responses to the new economic, educational, and environmental challenges. Measured perspectives on the local and national economy, on poverty programs, inter-ethnic relationships. Also captured were respondents' beliefs about discrimination and affirmative action, education, crime, health care, taxation, and community service, as well as their assessments of downtown development, mobility and transit, land-use controls, and environmental concerns, and their attitudes toward abortion, homosexuality, and other aspects of the social agenda. Also recorded were religious and political orientations, as well as an array of demographic and immigration characteristics, socioeconomic indicators, and family structures.

  • ICTWSS: Database on Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts in 34 countries between 1960 and 2012
    Covers 4 key elements of modern political economies in advanced capitalist societies: trade unionism, wage setting, state intervention and social pacts. Contains annual data for Australia; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Cyprus; the Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Germany; Greece; Finland; France; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; the Netherlands; New Zealand; Malta; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Slovenia; Slovakia; Sweden; Switzerland; the United Kingdom; the United States.

  • Impact of Childhood Behavior Problems on Child Care and Employment Decision-Making: A Nationally Representative Panel Study
    Nationally representative panel study of parents and children. Designed to determine the type of employment problems that parents directly attribute to difficulties in securing child care by using a household approach and to identify whether having a child with behavior problems or chronic illness is independently associated with child care-related employment problems in the United States.

  • Individual Tax Model Files 1960, 1962, 1966-2011(Public Use Tax File)
    Public use samples of US Federal Individual Income Tax returns, with individual identifiers removed and the remaining data sufficiently rounded and blurred to prevent the identification of individual taxpayers. Documentation is online. 1960, 1962, and 1966-1991 are also available through the NARA site. Documentation and setup files for many years are available from the NBER.

  • Information on Artists (1989-2011)
    Studied American artists' work-related human and social service needs in 1989, 1997, and 2004, 2007, and 2011. The initial study included artists from 10 cities: Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and western Massachusetts. The 1997 wave was conducted in 4 of the original cities: Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, & San Francisco. The 2004 wave consisted only of artists in the San Francisco Bay area and included a longitudinal component. The 2007 provides the first needs assessment of aging artists in the New York Metro Area. The 2011 studies focus on professional actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians and singers 62 years or older in Los Angeles and New York City. They try to understand how artists are supported and integrated within their communities, and how their network structures change over time and to understand how performing artists mature into old age artistically, emotionally, financially and chronologically. The surveys asked questions about artists' work-related, human and social service needs, including health coverage and insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, credit, live/work space, legal and financial service needs.

  • Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS)
    Combines information into harmonized variables from 10 individual national studies of fertility encompassing the Growth of American Families (GAF), National Fertility Surveys (NFS), and National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG) as well as a single dataset composed of harmonized variables across all ten surveys. Includes over 71,000 respondents spanning 1955 to 2002. Includes union history, cohabitation and husband/partner sociodemographics. Includes the Contraceptive Calendar file -- a respondent-level data set that provides information on contraceptive use in each month for up to 4 years prior to the survey month. Contraceptive Calendar variables are available for the 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 NSFG surveys. This data set can be merged with previously released respondent-level data to provide an in-depth look at contraceptive behavior over time.

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) (1986+)
    System of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. Study components include earned degrees/completions, Fall enrollment, Fall staff, finance statistics, institutional characteristics, and salaries, tenure, and fringe benefits of full-time instructional faculty. See the video for instructions on how to use. Preceded by HEGIS which covered 1965-1986. For comparisons between the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Common Core of Data, Schools and Staffing Survey, and the Private School Universe Survey see the comparison chart. The Delta Cost Project contains longitudinal database derived from IPEDS finance, enrollment, staffing, completions and student aid data for academic years 1986-87 through 2009-10. This is partially contained in an easy to use format in Trends in College Spending (TCS) Online. For later data see the NCES site.

  • International Social Justice Project, 1991 and 1996
    The International Social Justice Project is a collaborative effort among 12 countries to conduct a comparative study of popular perceptions of economic and social justice in advanced industrialized nations. The countries participating in the study include Bulgaria, Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia for 1991), Germany (West Germany, and East Germany during its transition toward a democracy), Estonia, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States. Focused on normative social justice concepts such as entitlement, equality of economic opportunity, and reward distribution. Provides analysis of normative justice at a micro level, involving respondents' evaluation of justice or rewards received by individuals and small groups, and at a macro level, through the evaluation of fairness of reward distribution at the aggregate or societal level. Variables in the dataset include demographic characteristics of the respondent, such as age, sex, marital status, education, and occupation, actual and desired income, what factors respondents believe determine level of pay and their fairness, dependence on pension or social welfare programs, satisfaction with the sociopolitical system, perceived and/or preferred role of the government in job allocation, and standard of living.

  • Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS)
    These data serve as demand-side indicators of labor shortages at the national level. Prior to JOLTS, there was no economic indicator of the unmet demand for labor with which to assess the presence or extent of labor shortages in the United States. The availability of unfilled jobs - the job openings rate - is an important measure of the tightness of job markets, parallel to existing measures of unemployment.

    Sample Size: Data from a sample of approximately 16,000 U.S. business establishments. Covers all nonagricultural industries in the public & private sectors for the 50 States & the District of Columbia.

  • JTPA Standardized Program Information Report (1993-1999)
    The JTPA provided job training services and vocational education programs for the economically disadvantaged, dislocated workers, and other individuals likely to face employment barriers. The data for each terminating individual include date of birth, gender, race/ethnicity, disability status, program participation, welfare receipt, education status, reading and math skills, labor force status, type and extent of training received, receipt of supportive services, attainment of skills, employment outcomes, and follow-up information.

  • Key Indicators of the Labour Market (9th edition) (KILM)
    9th edition exists in multiple formats and requires installation.

  • Labor Center Black Worker Project (University of California Berkeley)
    Reports on African-American employment and unemployment.

  • Latin American Migration Project (LAMP)
    Born as an extension of the Mexican Migration Project (MMP), which was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to advance our understanding of the complex processes of international migration and immigration to the United States. Data from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Peru, Haiti and Colombia are available, and can be downloaded from this website.

  • Lifelong Learning Demonstration (1990-1998)
    Tested strategies for promoting continuing education and training among mature incumbent workers (individuals age 25 and over with recent work experience). Included designing and testing a targeted public information campaign promoting lifelong learning to mature incumbent workers in the Greater Baltimore area.

  • Little Village Survey
    Little Village, a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, is the largest Mexican community in the Midwestern United States. The Little Village Survey consists of business and household surveys. The business surveys reveal how ethnicity influences the creation and development of businesses through multiple social and economic domains.

    Sample Size: Business - 244 enterprises; Household - 325 respondents.

  • Longitudinal Study of American Youth: Writing the history and monitoring the future of Generation X (LSAY)
    Designed to examine the development of: (1) student attitudes toward and achievement in science, (2) student attitudes toward and achievement in mathematics, and (3) student interest in and plans for a career in science, mathematics, or engineering, during middle school, high school, and the first 4 years post-high school, and to estimate the relative influence of parents, home, teachers, school, peers, media, and selected informal learning experiences on these developmental patterns. The older LSAY cohort, Cohort One, consisted of a national sample of 2,829 tenth-grade students in public high schools throughout the United States. These students were followed for an initial period of 7 years, ending 4 years after high school in 1994. Cohort Two, consisted of a national sample of 3,116 seventh-grade students in public schools that served as feeder schools to the same high schools in which the older cohort was enrolled. These students were followed for an initial period of 7 years, concluding with a telephone interview approximately one year after the end of high school in 1994. Beginning in the fall of 1987, the LSAY collected a wide array of information from each student, including: (1) a science achievement test and a mathematics achievement test each fall, (2) an attitudinal and experience questionnaire at the beginning and end of each school year, (3) reports about education and experience from all science and math teachers in each school, (4) reports on classroom practice by each science and math teacher serving an LSAY student, (5) an annual 25-minute telephone interview with one parent of each student, and (6) extensive school-level information from the principal of each study school. In 2006, the NSF funded a proposal to re-contact the original LSAY students (now in their mid-30's) to resume data collection to determine their educational and occupational outcomes. Through an extensive tracking activity, more than 95 % of the original sample of 5,945 LSAY students were located or accounted for. A new eligible sample of approximately 5,000 students was defined and these young adults were asked to complete a survey in 2007. For more information, also see the LSAY website.

  • Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2005 [California]
    Began as a survey of intergenerational relations among 300 three-generation California families with grandparents (then in their sixties), middle-aged parents (then in their early forties), and grandchildren (then aged 15 to 26). The study broadened in 1991 and now includes a 4th generation, the great-grandchildren of these same families. The LSOG, with a fully elaborated generation-sequential design, allows comparisons of sets of aging parents and children at the same stage of life but during different historical periods. These comparisons make possible the investigation of the effects of social change on inter-generational solidarity or conflict across 35 years and four generations, as well as the effects of social change on the ability of families to buffer stressful life transitions (e.g., aging, divorce and remarriage, higher female labor force participation, changes in work and the economy, and possible weakening of family norms of obligation), and the effects of social change on the transmission of values, resources, and behaviors across generations. The LSOG contains information on family structure, household composition, affectual solidarity and conflict, values, attitudes, behaviors, role importance, marital relationships, health and fitness, mental health and well-being, caregiving, leisure activities, and life events and concerns. Demographic variables include age, sex, income, employment status, marital status, socioeconomic history, education, religion, ethnicity, and military service.

  • Longitudinal Study of Medical School Students, 1980-1984
    Longitudinal study of the class of 1984 at Harvard and Tufts medical schools. Purpose was to identify and describe experiences of stress in the lives and training of medical students, to determine the nature of the personal and environmental resources that students used to cope with stress, and to assess the effectiveness of these adaptational responses.

  • Longitudinal Study of the Life Patterns of College-Educated Women, 1960-1979
    Longitudinal study of the class of 1964 from a prestigious women's college in the eastern United States. A major purpose of the study was to determine the effects of personality and situation on the life outcomes of college-educated women. This study built upon a larger 1960 study in which Thematic Apperception Tests (TATs) were administered to 244 first-year women.

  • Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS)
    Longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County, California, and of the neighborhoods in which they live. Designed to answer key research and policy questions in 3 areas:
    • Neighborhood, family, and peer effects on children's development
    • Effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level
    • Residential mobility and neighborhood change
    Also available through ICPSR.

    Sample Size: Includes 65 neighborhoods with approximately 40-50 households in each neighborhood. Wave 1 includes approximately 3200 children and teens ages 0 to 17.

  • Luxembourg Income Studies (LIS)
    Household income surveys involving 43 countries. Also available are the Luxembourg Employment Study, a database containing data on labor force characteristics for 16 countries (ceased in 2000 and incorporated into LIS), and the Luxembourg Wealth Study, a database containing data on household wealth in 12 countries. Users must register to gain access, but registration is free for academic use. For variables in the LIS and LWS over time see their web sites.

  • Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (1st Quarter 2007+)
    Indicator of hiring activity for the next quarter. The forecast includes responses from over 65,000 employers in 42 countries and covers the world's major labor markets.

  • Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series (1980+)
    The intent of the data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. Six waves of data were collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. In 1980 Wave I data focused primarily on female labor force participation in an effort to determine whether there was a relationship between wives' working outside of the home and marital dissolution or the likelihood of divorce. Wave II (1983) and Wave III (1988) employed a wider life-course perspective and studied the effects of factors such as economic resources, wives' employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, health, and changes in any of these factors on actions intended to dissolve a marriage - including divorce and permanent separation and on marital relationships in general. Wave IV (1992, 1994) continued as the previous waves and provided additional data from adult offspring who were living in the household in 1980 and had reached age 19 by 1992. These additional respondents provided parallel measures with their parents regarding the quality of parent-child relationships, attitudes, and support along with exploring the impact of childhood experiences on the transition to adult life. Wave V (1997) examined the relationship between marital quality and stability and how it relates to changes in marital quality later in life. Additionally, Wave V includes a second adult offspring sample, along with a second interview of the adult offspring sample from Wave IV. Wave VI data were collected in 2000 and included the adult panel, a panel obtained from the offspring who participated in 1992 or 1997, a replication of the original cross-section study completed in 1980, and a comparison sample made up of persons who were married in 1980 and were between 39 and 75 years old. The investigators examined whether there were changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000, identified factors that might have accounted for these changes, and sought to determine their impact on the health and longevity of older persons. In addition to Wave VI of the Marital Instability Over the Life Course Study (MIOLC), the Work and Family Life Study (WFLS) was conducted in 2000 and its primary aim is to assess changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000. The WFLS also considers the effects of family-of-origin characteristics and marital history on the physical and psychological health of respondents. Included in the WFLS is a new cross-section sample using the same sampling procedures and interview questions that were used in the 1980 wave of the MIOLC. The Comparison Sample of the WFLS provides data to evaluate sample attrition, factors which lead to attrition, and attrition bias. (It should be noted that this comparison file is a special purpose sample and does not generalize to a normally defined population of ever married persons)

  • MDRC (formerly known as Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation)
    Includes public use data on welfare programs ( Urban Change Client Survey Data from Four Counties; Urban Change Cleveland Client Survey Data; Vermont's Welfare Restructuring Project Analysis Data; Connecticut's Jobs First Program Analysis Data; Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Analysis Data; Florida's Family Transition Program (FTP) Analysis Data; California's GAIN Program: Three-Year Impacts Data from Six Counties; Four Welfare Employment Studies from the 1980s) and youth programs (Youth Programs Ohio's Learning, Earning, and Parenting (LEAP) Analysis Data; New Chance Analysis Data). Each dataset must be requested from MDRC.

  • Mexican Migration Project. (MMP) 1982+
    Main focus is to gather social as well as economic information on Mexican-US migration. Has 154 communities in 24 states. Each year, during the winter months (when seasonal migrants tend to return home), households in communities located throughout Mexico are randomly sampled. After gathering social, demographic, and economic information on the household and its members, interviewers collect basic immigration information on each person's first and last trip to the United States. From household heads and spouses, detailed year-by-year labor history and migration information is compiled; in addition, for household head migrants, a detailed series of questions about their last trip to the U.S. is administered, focusing on employment, earnings, and use of U.S. social services. Information on 24,701 Mexican households, 957 U.S. households, and individual-level data on 162,293 persons. Contains information on 8,252 household heads with migration experience to the U.S. and information on 51 household heads with Canadian migration experience.

  • Mexican Origin People in the United States: the 1979 Chicano Survey
    Household survey of persons of Mexican descent living in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. The purpose was to compile a statistically representative and comprehensive body of empirical information about the social, economic, and psychological status of Chicanos. Major topics covered were mental and physical health and use of health services, family background and composition, customary practices and values, language use and attitudes, employment history, social identity, group consciousness, and political opinions and participation.

    Sample Size: Of over 11,000 people screened, 1,400 met the Mexican ancestry criterion. Of this total, 991 interviews were collected.

  • Model-based Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) for Counties and States (2000+)
    Estimates of health insurance coverage for states and all counties.

  • Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS)
    Database of national time-diary samples (Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) collected over 6 decades, includes harmonised background, activity, location, mode of transport and who else was present variables.

  • National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 1989+
    Employment-based, random survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of the U.S. crop labor force. Information is obtained directly from farm workers through face-to-face interviews. Since 1988, when the survey began, nearly 50,000 workers have been interviewed. Samples crop workers in 3 cycles each year to reflect the seasonality of agricultural production and employment. Workers are located at their farm job sites. During the initial contact, arrangements are made to interview the respondent at home or at another location convenient to the respondent.

    Sample Size: 1,500 to 4,000 workers are interviewed each year.

  • National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
    Includes "The National Survey of Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, Activated National Guard and Reserve Members, Family Members and Survivors", "Employment Histories Report", "Veterans Employability Research Survey", "National Survey of Veterans (NSV)", and various other reports and statistics on veterans.

  • National Compensation Survey
    Comprehensive measures of occupational wages; employment cost trends, and benefit incidence and detailed plan provisions. Detailed occupational earnings are available for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, broad geographic regions, and on a national basis.

  • National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) 1988
    Sample of 8th-graders surveyed in 1988 on a range of topics. Survey topics beyond schoolwork include smoking, drug use, and extracurricular activities. A sample were resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. The study has four types of data files - student, teacher, parent, and school - although note each type is available for each survey year. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

    Sample Size: In 1988, the cohort size was almost 25,000 students from over 1,000 public and private schools.

  • National Evaluation of Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP), 1996-2003 [United States]
    National empirical assessment of post-release employment and recidivism effects based on legislative intent for inmates participating in Prison Industries Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) as compared to participants in traditional industries (TI) and those involved in other than work (OTW) activities. The inmates were matched using 6 criteria. Exact matches were made on race, gender, crime type, and category matches on age, time served, and number of disciplinary reports. A cluster sampling strategy was used for site selection. This strategy resulted in a selection of five states which were not identified in the study. The researchers then collected data on 6,464 individuals by completing record reviews of outcomes for the 3 matched samples, each of approximately 2,200 inmates released from 46 prisons across 5 PIECP states between January 1, 1996, and June 30, 2001. Variables include demographic information, time incarcerated, number of disciplinary reports, crime type, number of major disciplinary reports reviewed, group type, number of quarters from release to employment, censored variables, number of quarters from employed to job loss, time from release variables, number of possible follow-up quarters, proportion of follow-up time worked, wage variables, number of quarters worked variables, no work ever, and cluster number of case.

  • National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies (NEWWS)
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) undertook a study of the effectiveness of welfare-to-work programs: the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies (NEWWS) is a study of the effectiveness of eleven mandatory welfare-to-work programs in seven locales: Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; and Riverside, California. Program impacts were evaluated by comparing outcomes for a randomly assigned experimental group subject to program requirements with outcomes for control groups. As part of NEWWS, the effects of two approaches to preparing welfare recipients for employment were compared in three sites (Atlanta, Grand Rapids, and Riverside). In one approach, the human capital development approach, individuals were directed to avail themselves of education services and, to a lesser extent, occupational training before they sought work, under the theory that they would then be able to get better jobs and keep them longer. In the other approach, the labor force attachment approach, individuals were encouraged to gain quick entry into the labor market, even at low wages, under the theory that their work habits and skills would improve on the job and they would thereby be able to advance themselves. Data from all eleven sites is available.

    National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies (NEWWS) (Electronic File)
    Producer: The Department of Health and Human Services
    Distributor: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • National Job Corps Study (1994-1995)
    Job Corps is the nation's largest & most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Combines classroom, practical, and work-based learning experiences to prepare youths to become more responsible, employable and productive citizens. Contains information on education, employment and earnings, marital status and household composition, fertility, welfare receipt and other income, health, drug use and drug treatment, arrest behavior and criminal incidents conducted against or by the respondent. In addition, the 30-month follow-up interview contains data on literacy skills.

  • National JTPA Study
    Evaluated the effectiveness of employment and training programs funded under Title II-A of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, which targeted economically disadvantaged adults and youths. Compared the subsequent earnings and employment outcomes.

    Sample Size: Over 20,000 adults and out-of school youths who applied for JTPA in 16 local areas across the country between 1987 and 1989.

  • National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Waves I-IV, 1994-2008 (Add Health)
    Collected data for the purpose of providing information on the general health and well-being of adolescents in the United States, including, with respect to such adolescents, information on: (1) the behaviors that promote health and the behaviors that are detrimental to health; and (2) the influence on health of factors particular to the communities in which adolescents reside. Wave IV consists of data from the most recent of 4 in-home interviews which have followed a nationally representative sample of adolescents since they were in grades 7-12 during the 1994-1995 school year. The Wave IV interviews were completed in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32. The study combines longitudinal survey data on respondents' social, economic, psychological, and physical well-being with data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships. Documentation can also be found on the AddHealth site and the Codebook Explorer.

  • National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972
    Participants in the study were selected when they were seniors in high school in the spring of 1972, and in a supplementary sample drawn in 1973. The records include the "Base Year" survey; follow-up surveys in 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, and 1986; high school records; and postsecondary transcripts (collected in 1984).

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997
    Designed to document the transition from school to work and into adulthood. Collects extensive information about youths' labor market behavior and educational experiences over time. Also included is a survey of the biological children of women in the NLSY79. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston. A separate file "Recidivism in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 - Standalone Data (Rounds 1 to 13)" contains recidivism data.

    Sample Size: The 1979 survey began with over 12,000 participants, while the 1997 survey began with approx. 9,000.

    National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997 (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Older Men
    Set of surveys designed to gather information on labor market activities and other significant life events.The Young Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1981, includes men who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1966. The Older Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1990, includes men who were ages 45-59 when first interviewed in 1966. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston.

    Sample Size: Each group began with more than 5,000 participants.

    National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Older Men (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women (NLSW)
    Set of surveys designed to gather information on labor market activities and other significant life events. The Young Women's survey includes women who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1968. The Mature Women's survey includes women who were ages 30-44 when first interviewed in 1967. Social and financial research may be performed as stage of life data was collected. These surveys were last conducted in 2003; no future collection of data is planned. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston.

    Sample Size: Each group began with more than 5,000 participants.

    National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women (NLSW) (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners (NSSNP) (2012)
    Addresses data gaps in education, training, employment, and practice patterns for this population. Approximately 13,000 nurse practioners completed the 2012 survey.

  • National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (1977-2008)
    Conducted approximately every 4 years since 1977. The data from these periodic surveys provide the basis for evaluating trends and projection of the future supply of nursing resources.

  • National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, 2006
    Gathered information on the adoption and implementation of flexible work options for older workers from United States enterprises with 50 or more employees. Respondents were asked to provide information on various aspects of their business establishment, such as their policies for retirement, racial/ethnic composition, gender ratios, the percentage of older workers, recent developments within the organization, employee benefits, employee requirements, percentage of managers, consultants, and temporary workers as well as similar subjects. Next, interviewees provided their opinions on various business-related topics, such as the prime opportunities for the company, areas in need of development, optimal corporate strategies for their companies, age ranges for various position levels, level of diversity in recruitment, and other related topics.

  • National Study of the Changing Workforce (1992, 1997, 2002)
    Addresses issues related to both work and personal life. For more on the project, see the Families and Work Insititute website.

    Sample Size: 2002 total sample = 3,504 (2,810 wage and salaried workers); 1997 total sample = 3,552 (2,877 wage and salaried workers); 1992 total sample = 3,718 (2,958 wage and salaried workers)

  • National Study of Youth and Religion (2003, 2005, 2007-2008)
    Nationally representative telephone survey of 3,290 English & Spanish-speaking teenagers between the ages of 13-17, and their parents. Also includes 80 oversampled Jewish households, not nationally representative, bringing the total number of completed cases to 3,370. Purpose is to research the shape & influence of religion & spirituality in the lives of American youth; to identify effective practices in the religious, moral, and social formation of the lives of youth; to describe the extent & perceived effectiveness of the programs & opportunities that religious communities are offering to their youth; and to foster an informed national discussion about the influence of religion in youth's lives, in order to encourage sustained reflection about and rethinking of our cultural and institutional practices with regard to youth & religion. The 2nd wave was designed to be a re-interview of all Wave 1 youth survey respondents. Parents of the youth respondents were not re-interviewed. At the time of the 2nd survey, respondents were between the ages of 16-21. Conducted from June 9-November 24, 2005. 2nd wave interviews were conducted only in English. Four youth respondents did not participate in the Wave 2 interview due to not being able to understand or speak English. Wave 2 covers many of the same topics as Wave 1. Many of the questions are identical. However, Wave 2 was re-designed to take into account changes in the lives of the respondents as they began to enter young adulthood. Wave 2 included new questions pertaining to behaviors occurring during the transition to adulthood, such as non-marital cohabitation, educational and career aspirations, pregnancy and marriage. In Wave 3 every attempt was made to re-interview all English-speaking Wave 1 youth survey respondents. At the time of the 3rd survey, respondents were between the ages of 18-24. Conducted from September 24, 2007-April 21, 2008. Wave 3 replicated many of the questions asked in Waves 1 & 2 with some changes made to better capture the respondents' lives as they grew older. For example, there were fewer questions on parental monitoring and more on post-high school educational aspirations.

  • National Survey of Black Americans 1979-1980, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1992
    Developed with input from social scientists, students, and a national advisory panel of Black scholars, the survey investigates neighborhood-community integration, services, crime and community contact, the role of religion and the church, physical and mental health, self-esteem, life satisfaction, employment, the effects of chronic unemployment, the effects of race on the job, interaction with family and friends, racial attitudes, race identity, group stereotypes, and race ideology. Demographic variables include education, marital status, income, employment status, occupation, and political behavior and affiliation.

  • National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study (NVVRS)
    Contains data from an assessment of the etiology, evolution, and extent of readjustment problems experienced by veterans of the Vietnam War. Variables include age, service period, duty status, casualties suffered, education, health conditions and disability status, hospitalization, use of Veterans Administration medical facilities and programs, medical history, insurance coverage, employment and training, income and investments, and assets and debts. Obtained from the National Archives.

  • New Beneficiary Data System (NBDS)
    Contains extensive information on the changing circumstances of aged and disabled beneficiaries. Based initially on a national cross-sectional survey of new beneficiaries in 1982, the original data base has been expanded with information from administrative records and a second round of interviews in 1991. Variables measured in the original New Beneficiary Survey (NBS) include demographic characteristics; employment, marital, and childbearing histories; household composition; health; income and assets; program knowledge; and information about the spouses of married respondents. The 1991 New Beneficiary Follow-up (NBF) updates marital status, household composition, and the economic profile and contains additional sections on family contacts, postretirement employment, effects of widowhood and divorce, major reasons for changes in economic status, a more extensive section on health, and information on household moves and reasons for moving. Disabled-worker beneficiaries were also asked about their efforts to return to work, experiences with rehabilitation services, and knowledge of SSA work incentive provisions. The NBDS contains unique measurements that make it valuable not only for studies about Social Security but also for studies of health, economic, labor, gerontological, and welfare issues. It contains objective measures from administrative files of yearly covered earnings from 1951 to 1992, Medicare expenditures from 1984 to 1999, whether an SSI application has ever been made and payment status at 5 points in time, and dates of death as of spring 2001. For studies of health, the Medicare expenditure variables include inpatient hospital costs, outpatient hospital costs, home health care costs, and physicians' charges. The survey data cover functional capacity including ADLs and IADLs. For studies of work in retirement, the survey includes yearly information on extent of work, characteristics of the current or last job, and reasons for working or not working. No other data set has such detailed baseline survey data of a population immediately after their retirement or disability enhanced with subsequent measures over an extended period of time.

  • New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey, 1991+
    Conducted approximately every 3 years to comply with New York state and New York City's rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the city since 1965. The rental vacancy rate is the primary focus of the survey, because that value is crucial to the current rent control and rent stabilization laws. Other important survey data include rent regulation status, number of stories, number of units in building, number of rooms in unit, type of heating fuel, monthly rent, estimated value and building condition. Also includes information concerning housing and neighborhood quality. Although the main purpose of the survey is to collect housing data, information on the demographic status of the population and households of the city is also collected. Information collected includes age, sex, race, ethnicity, household composition, labor force status, income, employment, and education level. 1991, 1993, and 1996 are available at the DSS site. For 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014 see the Census Bureau.

    Sample Size: Approximately 18,000 housing units representing the 5 boroughs of the city.

  • Newly Licensed Registered Nurse Survey (2006,2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
    Multi wave panel survey that studied newly licensed registered nurses who obtained their first license to practice between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005. It was conducted as part of the RN Work Project, a national study of new nurses funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Interviewed the nurses about their jobs, turnover, intentions and attitudes--including intent, satisfaction, organizational commitment, and preferences about work.

  • No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City, 1993-2002
    Explored the lives of the working poor in the inner city. 300 male and female participants were drawn from central and west Harlem, New York City; 200 worked at one of four fast food restaurants in Harlem, and 100 had applied to one of those restaurants but were not hired. Participants were African American, Dominican and Puerto Rican of varied ages, most between 15 and 40 years of age. Educational status also varied, with the majority of participants' highest level of education being a high school degree.

  • Occupational Employment Statistics
    Produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. Estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the estimates. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

  • Occupational Wages around the World (OWW) Database
    Contains occupational wage data for 161 occupations in 171 countries from 1983 to 2008.

  • Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Public-Use Microdata File, 2001 Data
    Information needed to administer the OASDI program resides on SSA's Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) file, which in December 2001 contained records for approximately 46 million individuals who were entitled to receive an OASDI benefit for that month. The OASDI Public-Use Microdata File contains an extract of data fields from the MBR and consists of a 1 % random, representative sample of persons entitled to receive an OASDI benefit payment for December 2001. This file contains approximately 460,000 records with 16 data fields on each record.

  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series. 1968+
    Designed to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. Longitudinal survey of US individuals and the families in which they reside. Can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational analysis and for studying both individuals and families. For comparisons of Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the comparison chart. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the comparison chart. Includes section on education, food, health, housing, psychological state, and religion. Geography is down to the state level. Also see Poverty Threshold data, 1968-2005.
    Includes various supplemental surveys including:
    • Disability and Use of Time (DUST): collected information from older adults in PSID families about disability, time use, and well-being during telephone interviews conducted shortly after the 2009 and 2013 Main Interviews.
    • Child Development Supplement (CDS): In 1997 information on PSID children ages 0-12 was obtained through extensive interviews with the child, their primary caregiver, secondary caregiver, absent parent, teacher, and school administrator. Information was collected again in 2002/2003 and 2007/2008 for children in this cohort who remained under 18. Information includes a broad array of developmental outcomes including physical health, emotional well-being, intellectual and academic achievement, cognitive ability, social relationships with family and peers, time diaries, and much more. The CDS 2014 covers all sample children in PSID households born or adopted into the PSID since 1997. The study design and questionnaire content are consistent with earlier waves of CDS to permit cross - cohort analysis of children's development.
    • Housing, Mortgage Stress, and Wealth Data (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) as well as Wealth files for 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
    • Transition into Adulthood: When children in the CDS cohort are older than 18 and have left high school, information is obtained about their circumstances. This study has been implemented in 2005, and biennially thereafter. Information includes measures of time use, psychological functioning, marriage, family, responsibilities, employment and income, education and career goals, health, social environment, religiosity, and outlook on life.
    • Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (PSID - CRCS). First study conducted by the PSID using the internet as the primary mode of data collection. Goal was to design and collect a mixed mode (web or paper) module from household heads and, if married/cohabitating, spouses/partners, about their childhood experiences. The data may be used to study early life influences on adult health and economic outcomes. Has questions on parental relationships, health, socioeconomic status, neighborhood quality, friendships, school experiences, exposure to the criminal justice system, parent/guardian mental health, and young adut mentoring. The initial PSID-CRCS sample consisted of 13,117 individuals aged 19 and older (aged 19 by January 1, 2013) who were household heads and spouses/partners in PSID families that participated in the 2013 wave of PSID. Individuals for which other family unit members or proxies served as respondents in the 2013 core PSID interview and those who completed their core interview in Spanish were not eligible (N=593). During editing eligibility status was reviewed and confirmed for 12,985 cases. Many portions of CRCS are restricted.

  • Poverty threshold data, 1968-2005
    Census-based poverty thresholds for each PSID family, 1968-2005.

  • Princeton Affect and Time Survey (May-August 2006)

  • Project Talent, Base Year Data
    Nationally representative longitudinal study of men and women who were in high school in 1960. Began as a major national effort to assess the aspirations and abilities of America's young men and women and to assess the critical period of adjustment to adult life beginning in high school and continuing past age 30, when participants are well-launched into their chosen careers. In 1960, roughly 5% of American high school students participated in the Project Talent study. Approximately 440,000 students from 1,353 schools in the United States were selected to represent all 9th through 12th graders throughout the country. Project Talent participants were administered an extensive battery of tests and questions that examined students' competencies in subjects such as mathematics, science, and reading comprehension. In addition, students were asked to complete 3 separate questionnaires that asked about family background, personal and educational experiences, aspirations for future education and vocation, and interests in various occupations and activities.

  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

  • Racial Neighborhood Inequality in the United States, 1980-2010
    Examined economic differences in the neighborhoods where whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians live in the U.S. Although it is commonly believed that blacks and Hispanics generally live in neighborhoods where poverty rates are higher than they are in the neighborhoods where whites and Asians live, very little research has tracked the change in racial disparities in neighborhood conditions over time. In prior research, this project's investigators found that racial differences in neighborhood economic conditions have diminished in the U.S. Since 1980 the decline in racial neighborhood inequality has been much faster than the decline in racial residential segregation. Because prior research on neighborhoods has focused on change in the residential segregation of different racial and ethnic groups, the trend in racial neighborhood inequality has been largely overlooked, and its causes are unknown. The objective of this project is to account for the decline in racial neighborhood inequality by investigating why it has declined faster in some metropolitan areas than in others.

  • Recent College Graduates (RCG)
    Occupational outcomes and educational experiences of bachelor's and master's degree recipients who graduated from colleges and universities in the continental United States. The survey was taken during the 1985-86 academic year and again during the 1989-90 academic year.

  • Retirement History Longitudinal Survey (1969-1979)
    10 year longitudinal study that investigated the changes in the economic and social characteristics of men and unmarried women in the United States, aged 58-63, as they approached and entered the retirement phase of their lives. The main purpose of the study was to assess the Social Security Program's provisions for retired workers, not only for recording the socioeconomic situation of Social Security beneficiaries, but also to aid policymakers in planning program changes. Covers (1) labor force history, (2) retirement and retirement plans, (3) health, (4) household, family, and social activities, and (5) income, assets, and debts.

  • Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015
    To monitor trends in alternative work arrangements, we conducted a version of the Contingent Worker Survey as part of the RAND American Life Panel in late 2015.

  • Role Outlook Study, 1964-1975
    Followed the career plans and development of female college students. Focused on students' yearly impressions of college, the development of their aspirations for after college, and influences that encouraged or inhibited career plans.

  • Rutgers Work Trend Polls
    The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is based at Rutgers University. The university-based research and policy center, founded in 1997, is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs and policies.

  • Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System
    In addition to SESTAT, a comprehensive and integrated system of information about the employment, educational, and demographic characteristics of scientists and engineers, this site also makes available several surveys of recipients of higher education. They include:
    • National Survey of Recent College Graduates (2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010) discontinued
    • Survey of Doctorate Recipients (2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013)
    • National Survey of College Graduates (1993, 2003, 2010, 2013, 2015)
    • International Survey of Doctorate Recipients (2010, 2013)

  • Seattle Income Maintenance Experiment/Denver Income Maintenance Experiment/Gary Income Maintenance Experiment/Cross Site Income Maintenance Experiment
    Landmark income studies conducted during the late 1960s to mid 1970s. For more information see the University of Wisconsin site.

  • Socioeconomic Survey of Twins
    These data were collected by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania with the assistance of a registry of all twins born in Minnesota between 1936-55. A questionnaire was mailed out to twins in the registry starting in May 1994. Questions cover education, family status, health, and jobs held.

    Sample Size: 3682

    Socioeconomic Survey of Twins (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Jere R. Behrman, Mark R. Rosenzweig, and Paul Taubman

  • State & Local Government Employee Retirement Systems (1993+)
    Provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for public employee retirement systems. Data are shown for individual retirement systems as well as at the national, state, and local level.

  • State Longitudinal Data Systems - All State Profiles
    Education Commission of the States guide to which states have longitudinal data systems as well as links to existing ones. Designated 4 state agencies as "core agencies" within Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems: Early Learning, K-12, Postsecondary, and Workforce. A Statewide Longitudinal Data System is defined as one with formal connections across 2 or more of these core agencies.

  • State-to-State migration (1989-2015) and County-to-County migration (1991-2011)
    Based on the year-to-year changes in the addresses shown on the population of returns from the IRS Master File system. 1990-2015 is available on the IRS website. The data present migration patterns by state and county for the entire United States and each individual state and county, including inflows and outflows. Includes the following:
  • Number of returns (which approximates the number of households)
  • Number of personal exemptions (which approximates the population)
  • Total "adjusted gross income" (starting with Filing Year 1996)
  • Total money income (fstarting with Filing Year 1993)

  • States as Employers-of-Choice Survey, 2008-2009
    Designed to examine the shifting age demographics of the workforces in state governments and help state agencies respond to the changing multigenerational workforce, with data collected from 222 state agencies in 27 states. Two surveys were conducted at 2 time periods: (1) before the resources and technical assistance were offered to the administrators of state agencies in 2008 (Time 1), and (2) after the completion of the technical assistance program in 2009 (Time 2). The surveys queried respondents about descriptive information on their workplace, the current workforce of the agency, factors outside of the agency that might affect workforce strategy, the perceived culture of the agency, and policies and benefits programs available to employees. Information was gathered from Human Resources managers in public sector state agencies to gauge their understanding of the following: (a) changes in the age demographics of their workforces, (b) steps they have taken to assess how these changes might impact their agencies, and (c) employer-sponsored resources (policies, programs, and benefits) that might help them to recruit, engage, and retain a multi-generational workforce, including older workers. As part of the Time 2 survey, questions on agency response to the economic downturn and assessments of the intervention were included. Demographic information includes the agency's budget, number of employees, average salary, percent of full and part-time workers. The respondent's background information includes their current position in the agency and the number of years with the agency.

  • Statistics of Income: zip code area data for the entire U.S. (1998, 2001-2002, 2004-2014)
    Selected income and tax items by state, zip code, and size of adjusted gross income from individual income tax returns. 1998, 2001-2002, and 2004-2014 are also available for free from the IRS webpage.

  • Statistics of Trade Union Membership (1980-2009)
    Includes data for 49 countries. Dates vary by country but range from 1980-2009. For post 2009, use ILOSTAT. Once in click on "Browse by subject" then "Yearly indicators" then Industrial Relations.

    Statistics of Trade Union Membership (1980-2009) (Electronic File)
    Producer: International Labor Office

  • Supplemental Poverty Measure Public Use Research Files (2009+)

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Public-Use Microdata File, 2001 Data
    Information needed to administer the federal SSI program resides on SSA's Supplemental Security Record (SSR) file, which in December 2001 contained records for approximately 6.4 million individuals who received a federal SSI benefit for that month. The SSI Public-Use Microdata File contains an extract of data fields from the SSR and consists of a 5 % random, representative sample of persons who received a federal SSI benefit in December 2001. This file contains approximately 320,000 records with 13 data fields on each record.

  • Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)
    Assesses the proficiency of adults from age 16 onwards in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. The data collection took place from August 1, 2011 to March, 31 2012 in most participating countries. Around 166 000 adults, representing 724 million adults aged 16 to 65, were surveyed in 24 countries and sub-national regions in the official language/s of the countries.

  • Survey of Consumer Finances. 1947-1971, 1977, 1983+
    Since 1983, conducted every 3 years. Collects information on the assets, liabilities and other financial characteristics of households. Only U.S. survey that contains an oversample of wealthy households. For data prior to 1983, see ICPSR. For an overview, see Lindamood, Hanna, and Bi.

    Sample Size: About 4,500 families are interviewed in the main study.

  • Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering
    Provides data on the number and characteristics of students in graduate science and engineering and health-related fields enrolled in U.S. institutions. Assesses trends in financial support patterns and shifts in graduate enrollment and postdoctoral appointments.

  • Survey of Income and Program Participation. (SIPP) 1984+
    Longitudinal U. S. government survey of the financial status of American households conducted since 1983 (data starts with 1984). Covers government transfer and service programs, pension coverage, housing affordability, home ownership data, housing cost data (primarily mortgages), financial assistance for education, among other topics. Data may also be accessed via ICPSR. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) makes the SIPP data and documentation available along with Stata, SPSS, and SAS programs for reading the data. Users may find the NBER site the most convenient source, but the most recent data may not be available there. A new sample (panel) is introduced at the beginning of each calendar year, and the duration of each panel ranges from 2 1/2 years to 4 years. Considered the most comprehensive survey for measuring household wealth by race and ethnicity. Panels also contain topical modules. Data is at the state level. For comparisons of the Current Population Survey, SIPP, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. See the Household Economic Studies (P70) series for summary reports. See the Census Bureau for an overview.

    Sample Size: Ranges from approx. 14,000 to 37,000 households. Interviews are conducted with those 15 and over.

  • Survey of Men Employed in Civilian Occupations in the United States Series (1964-1994)
    Investigates the relationship between mens' work and personality, and provides information regarding work, parenting practices, orientation toward work and society in general, and values. Work-related variables describe the place and conditions of employment, including the degree of supervision, placement within the workplace hierarchy, and the complexity of work with people, data, and things. Respondents also were questioned regarding job satisfaction, expectations for the future, job security, union membership and activities, and preferred occupation.

  • Survey of Mexican Migrants
    The Pew Hispanic Center conducted an unprecedented survey of Mexican migrants in the United States, including thousands who say they have no U.S.-issued identity documents. Provides detailed information on the demographic characteristics, living arrangements, work experiences and attitudes toward immigration of 4,836 Mexican adults who completed a 12-page questionnaire as they were applying for a matricula consular, an identity document issued by Mexican diplomatic missions. Fieldwork was conducted in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Raleigh, NC, and Fresno, CA, from July 12, 2004, to Jan. 28, 2005.

  • Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD) Series. 1992+
    Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census in response to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that directed the Census Bureau to collect data necessary to evaluate the impact of the law from households previously interviewed in the 1992 and 1993 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) panels. Goal is to provide a survey to assess the effects of the recent welfare reforms, how these reforms interact with each other, and with employment, income, and family circumstances, and the long-term effects of welfare reforms on the well-being of recipients, their families, and their children. For more recent years see the Census site.

  • Survey of Unemployed Workers in New Jersey
    The goal of this survey is to learn more about how unemployed workers spend and experience their time over their spell of unemployment. In addition, the survey aims at finding out more about how unemployed people search for jobs. For that purpose, unemployed workers were invited to participate in the study each week for a period of up to 12 weeks, and the long-term unemployed were surveyed for an additional 12 weeks. The survey is distinguished from past studies by the use of high-frequency longitudinal data on time use, job search activity and job offers. This unique data promises new insights into the process of job search and job finding, as it makes it possible to track time spent on job search activities over the spell of unemployment. The data for this survey were collected in the fall of 2009 and the beginning of 2010.

  • Taking Note: A Study of Composers and New Music Activity in the U.S.
    Includes insights into composers' work, business practices, income, affiliations, collaborations, diversity and education along with extensive discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing the field of new music.

  • Talent Management Study: U.S. Workplaces In Today's Business Environment, 2009
    Collection of information from nearly 700 United States workplaces which sought to explain variation in (1) organizational adaptation to significant socioeconomic change and the aging of the United States workforce, and (2) employer adoption of policies and programs that can support the quality of employment at the workplace. Questions ranged from opinions on whether various social issues had an economic impact on the businesses' economy, to polls of various programs or policies for recruitment, engagement, and career progression for specified employee groups. Organizational composition variables include number of employees, type of workplace, main industrial focus of organization, total number of work sites, approximate sales revenue, family-owned or acquired by merge.

  • Time, Love, and Cash in Couples With Children Study (TLC3) [United States], 2000-2005
    Consists of complete transcriptions of 4 waves of individual and couple interviews with parents who experienced a birth in 2000, with over-sampling for nonmarital births. Both mothers and fathers participated in semi-structured, in-depth interviews both individually and as a couple in each of the four waves.

    Sample Size: 756 interviews. Sample is embedded in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Participants were chosen based on a stratified, random sampling scheme from Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee. Nonmarital births were oversampled.

  • Townsend Thai Project
    Includes both annual and monthly panels, in addition to the collection of environmental data. Originally the Townsend Thai survey focused on villages in 4 provinces, 2 in the Northeast and 2 in the Central region. The baseline survey was conducted in 1997 and is referred to as the Big Survey. It includes a household, institutional and key informant (village leader) module. In 1998, the research team launched a monthly household survey. To date, the Townsend Thai project continues to resurvey the annual and monthly panels. In 2006, the annual surveys extended to include urban areas in the same 4 provinces. In 2003, an annual survey of villages in the South was added and in 2004, 2 provinces in the north were included in the annual survey.

  • U.S. Regional Business Cycles and the Natural Rate of Unemployment

  • Union Centralization among Advanced Industrial Societies: An Empirical Study
    Data Repository for the Golden-Wallerstein-Lange Project on Unions, Employers, Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations for 16 OECD Countries, 1950-2000.

  • United States Business and Jobs: Structure and Changes by Sector and County, 1976-1988
    Provides a description of the changes in businesses and jobs in all United States counties, by 75 two-digit industry sectors. Designed to inquire to what extent new firm formation and small firm expansion reflect or cause economic growth. Contains detailed data on establishment births, establishment deaths, expansion and contraction of all private-sector business establishments, and on the number of business jobs affected by these changes.

  • University of Texas Inequality Project
    Project concerned with measuring and explaining movements of inequality in wages and earnings and patterns of industrial change around the world. National and regional inequality data for Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Europe, India, Russia, and the United States. National and industrial inequality data for Taiwan.

  • Virginia College Navigator
    Includes data on post completion wages of graduates of Virginia colleges and universities.

  • Welfare Rules Database
    Longitudinal database tracking state AFDC/TANF policies. Provides a comprehensive resource for comparing cash assistance programs between states, researching changes in cash assistance rules within a single state, or simply looking for the most up-to-date information on the rules governing cash assistance in one state.

  • Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study (1999+)
    Intensive study in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio to assess the well-being of low-income children and families in the post-welfare reform era. Investigates the strategies families have used to respond to reform, in terms of employment, schooling or other forms of training, residential mobility, and fertility. Central to this project is a focus on how these strategies affect children's lives, with an emphasis on their health and development as well as their need for, and use of, social services.

  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) (1957+)
    Provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through 2011. Data also covers social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics and retirement. Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, 2004, and 2011; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, 2005, and 2011; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; and from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006.

    Sample Size: Random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957.

  • Work, Family, and Health Study (WFHS)
    Transdisciplinary research effort designed to enhance understanding of the impact of workplace practices and policies on work, family life, and health outcomes. All employee and manager participants were assessed at baseline and at 6-, 12-, and 18-months post baseline. Opinions were elicited from employers and managers regarding the amount of hours they work, balance between work and family, opportunities to work from home, the ability to take vacation and time off when desired, and decision-making authority at work. Responses were also gathered on issues such as talking with a manager about conflicts outside of work, willingness to help other coworkers when they have been absent, workplace safety, and obligations to come into work when sick. Information was also collected on the likelihood of respondents quitting the company, whether respondents were looking for work elsewhere, job performance ratings of self and others, opinions about supervisors, and a series of questions relating to psychological distress and well-being. Data collected 2009-2012.

  • Workplace Ethnography (WE) Project, 1944-2002
    Provided deep descriptions on a wide range of topics, such as worker behavior, management behavior, coworker relations, labor process, conflict and resistance, citizenship behavior, emotional labor, and sexual harassment. Coding of these characteristics yielded variables based on descriptions of worklife in specific organizational settings. The study data was collected in mainly two periods: the early 1990s and the early 2000s. The study generated 204 ethnographic cases. These cases were derived from 156 separate books since the observations reported in some books allowed the coding of multiple cases. The general scope of questions included organizational factors such as occupation, workplace organization, pay scheme, employment size, the situation of the company, the nature of company ownership, staff turnover, layoff frequency, how well the organization operated in terms of communications, recruitment and retention of personnel, and maintenance of equipment, as well as substantive facts concerning labor market opportunity, and labor force composition. On the topic of management, questions addressed leadership, organization of production, sexual harassment, and control strategies. Community factors were assessed through questions regarding unemployment and if the area was rural or urban. A series of questions addressed job satisfaction, pay, benefit package, job security, effort bargain, conflict with management/supervisors, training, worker strategies, conditions of consent/compliance, and nature of consent/compliance. The nature of work was queried through questions regarding autonomy, creativity, meaningful work, freedom of movement, comfort of work, injuries, employment status, and frequency of conflict with customers. Additional questions included size and nature of the focal group, group dynamics, conflict between the focal group and management, basis of alternative social groups at work, and if work friendships carried over to the outside. Questions about methodology covered ethnographer's theoretical orientation, focus of ethnography, ethnographer's gender, data collection method, supplemental data used, main type of supplemental data used, and position of key informant. Additional items gathered basic information about book title, author's last name, modal occupation, industry, country/region, and observer's role.

  • World Handbook of Aging and Social Security Indicators (1950-1980)
    Contains 184 variables prepared by the authors in connection with their comparative study of government support of the aged. The data is focused on indicators relevant to social security (social welfare) programs and to the health and welfare of the aged. Some variables have data on up to 131 nations, although most variables have data on fewer nations, as only a limited number of nations have social security data available.

  • World Wealth and Income Database
    Provides distribution of top incomes and wealth for many nations.

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