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Call for Applications: Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop

Posted: 3/30/2018 (Conference)

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), begun in 1968, is the world’s longest-running multigenerational household panel study. It is used widely in behavioral, social, and health sciences to investigate scientific and policy questions about life course trajectories in health and well-being, intergenerational social and economic mobility, income and wealth inequality, family investments in children, neighborhood effects on opportunity and achievement, and many other topics.

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies, including the 1997-2007 and 2014 Child Development Supplements (CDS I-III and CDS-2014), the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS), the Disability and Use of Time Supplement (DUST), and the Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (CRCS).

Morning sessions will include lectures on topics such as study design, changes to content and sample composition over time, rules for following sample members into new households, and weighting. Classroom demonstrations using PSID data extracts will illustrate key concepts. In afternoon lab sessions, participants will develop their own analytic data files under the guidance of project staff.

Eligibility: The workshop is designed for faculty, research professionals, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Software: Participants should be familiar with Stata or SAS, but all examples used in the workshop will be in Stata.

Application: Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Apply using the Summer Program Portal (by clicking on the “Registration” tab at the top of this page) to provide your information and select the course. Also, upload the following documents via the Portal:

  • Current curriculum vita.
  • Cover letter summarizing research interest in this course and in PSID data.
  • Indicate how the workshop will help you meet your research or your educational goals.

Stipends: Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty or researchers can request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered, applicants must include in their application:

  • A one-page or shorter statement that describes why attending the PSID workshop is important to your success, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any sources of funding you expect to receive to cover the costs of attending the workshop.
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty adviser, project manager, or Department Chair. Your letter writer should directly submit their recommendation to the ICPSR Summer Program at and include your name and “PSID Workshop” in the subject line or body of the email.
    • Letter writer’s contact information (email address or telephone number) to be included in the letter of recommendation.
  • Stipend requests must be received no later than April 13, 2018.

Deadline: April 13, 2018.

Sponsor: Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)

Fee: $100 — to be assessed only after applicants have been accepted into the workshop.

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Deadline: 04/13/2018

Location: University of Michigan