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Continuity and Change in American Economic and Social Life: The PSID 2012 - 2016

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Charles C. Brown, Katherine A. McGonagle, Narayan Sastry, Robert F. Schoeni, Frank P. Stafford

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the world?s longest running household panel survey. With over forty years of data on the same families and their descendents, the PSID is a cornerstone of the data infrastructure for empirically-based social science research in the U.S. and the world. With its long-term measures of economic and social wellbeing, the study has allowed researchers and policy analysts to investigate the dynamism inherent in social and behavioral processes. The long panel, genealogical design, and broad content provide scientists a unique and powerful opportunity to study evolution and change within the same families over decades.

The impact of the PSID is substantial:

? 3,154 peer-reviewed publications have been based on PSID data.
? The annual number of such publications is increasing, with a new publication every 2.5 days.
? Over 20 dissertations are written using the PSID each year.
? In 2010, 24,749 data extracts were downloaded by 2,656 different users.
? There were 4.9 million hits to the PSID website in 2010 by 30,674 unique IP addresses.
? At least 250 grants issued by NIH or NSF have utilized the PSID.
? At least nine federal agencies utilize the PSID to fulfill their missions.
? NSF named PSID one of its 60 most significant discoveries in its first 60 years of existence.

Building on this success, three primary activities are proposed for the next five-year funding cycle: designing the PSID questionnaire content to facilitate the investigation of current and emerging scientific and policy questions; collecting the 2013 (N = 9,660) and 2015 (N=10,143) waves of the main interview; processing and distributing the data in user-friendly formats, as well as providing help to researchers to facilitate their use of the data.

Funding Period: 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2017

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