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Social Security Longitudinal Earnings Public Use File, 1937-1975

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Social Security Administration
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
demographic characteristics; disability income; income; insurance claims; population characteristics; Social Security; taxes
  • Abstract

    This study contains longitudinal data developed and updated for use with CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, 1973, AND SOCIAL SECURITY RECORDS: EXACT MATCH DATA (ICPSR 7616). Items provide demographic information, such as total earnings, date of birth, sex, and race, on 90,174 persons aged 14 and older in the United States in the period 1937-1975. Additional items specify claim types, such as health insurance benefits, and disability status. See also the related collection, CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: ANNUAL DEMOGRAPHIC FILE, 1973 (ICPSR 7564).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1937 / 1975
    Time period: 1937--1975
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
A total of 90,174 persons aged 14 and older for whom earnings extracts were included in the CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, 1973, AND SOCIAL SECURITY RECORDS: EXACT MATCH DATA (ICPSR 7616), in the period 1937-1975.
Collection Mode
  • (1) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

2008-10-09 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7617 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07617.v1
  • Carr, Jillian Beaugez, Rettenmaier, Andrew J.. What Happened to Rosie?. Working paper. 2015.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Social Security Administration (1984): Social Security Longitudinal Earnings Public Use File, 1937-1975. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.