David S. Johnson photo

Fifty Years of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Past, Present, and Future

Publication Abstract

Johnson, David S., Katherine A. McGonagle, Vicki Freedman, and Narayan Sastry. 2018. "Fifty Years of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Past, Present, and Future." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 680(1): 9-28.

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the world's longest running household panel survey. Since it began in 1968, it has collected data on the same families and their descendants, making it an essential part of America's data infrastructure for empirically based social science research. The PSID arose from the War on Poverty as a tool for evaluating poverty dynamics, and this year (2018) marks 50 years of data collection. Because of its long history and distinctive design of following adult children as they form their own households, the PSID is uniquely positioned to address emerging social and behavioral research questions and related policy issues. This overview presents the design and structural aspects and its evolution over the past 50 years, the successes of the current survey, possible future directions, and the value of using the PSID to understand the challenges facing American families.


Family Demography Economic Behavior Poverty & Inequality

Browse | Search | Next

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Davis-Kean discusses Providing Health-informed Education Experiences

Shaefer comments on the impact of social safety net on hunger and poverty during the pandemic.

More News


Frey's Social Science Data Analysis Network, SSDAN wins 2020 MERLOT Sociology Classics Award

Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!

More Highlights

Connect with PSC follow PSC on Twitter Like PSC on Facebook