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Current Population Survey, March/April 1982 Match Files: Alimony and Child Support

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
alimony; census data; child support; demographic characteristics; divorce; employment; households; income; labor force; population characteristics; population estimates; unemployment
  • Abstract

    This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older. Additional data for persons aged 15 years old and older are available concerning weeks worked, hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence. This match file is comprised of records for six rotation groups common to the March and April 1982 Current Population Surveys. Data on alimony and child support are collected from the April supplement for females 18 years old and older. These data highlight alimony and child support arrangements made at the time of separation or divorce, amount of payments actually received, and value and type of any property settlement. Information on demographic characteristics, such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated. Data on employment and income refer to the previous year, while demographic data refer to the time of the survey.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-03 / 1982-04
    Time period: 1982-03--1982-04
  • 1982-03 / 1982-04
    Collection date: 1982-03--1982-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in March and April of 1982.
A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
Collection Mode
  • (1) This data file contains 203,349 records. There are three record types. Household records contain 49 variables, family records contain 78 variables, and person records contain 249 variables. (2) All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8267 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08267.v1
  • Freeman, Richard B., Waldfogel, Jane. Dunning Delinquent Dads: The Effects of Child Support Enforcement Policy on Child Support Receipts by Never Married Women. NBER Working Paper Series.6664, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Folk, Karen Fox, Graham, John W., Beller, Andrea H.. Child Support and Remarriages: Implications for the Economic Well-Being of Children. Journal of Family Issues.13, (2), 142-157.1992.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251392013002002 (DOI)
  • Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John W.. The effect of child support enforcement on child support payments. Population Research and Policy Review.10, (2), 91-116.1991.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF00128816 (DOI)
  • Nichols-Casebolt, Ann, Garfinkel, Irwin. Trends in Paternity Adjudications and Child Support Awards. Social Science Quarterly.72, (1), 83-97.1991.
  • Robins, Philip K.. A Decade Of Declining Welfare Participation. Contemporary Policy Issues.8, (1), 110-123.1990.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.1990.tb00585.x (DOI)
  • Robins, Philip K.. Explaining Recent Declines in AFDC Participation. Public Finance Quarterly.18, (2), 236 -1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/109114219001800206 (DOI)
  • Graham, John W., Beller, Andrea H.. The Effect Of Child Support Payments On The Labor Supply Of Female Family Heads: An Econometric Analysis. Journal of Human Resources.24, (4), 664 -1989.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John W.. Child Support Payments: Evidence From Repeated Cross Sections. American Economic Review.78, (2), 81-85.1988.
  • Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John W.. The Effects of Child Support Enforcement on Child Support Payments. American Sociological Association. 1987.
  • Graham, John W., Beller, Andrea H.. A Note on the Number and Living Arrangements of Women with Children under 21 from an Absent Father. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement.13, (2), 209-214.1985.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1984): Current Population Survey, March/April 1982 Match Files: Alimony and Child Support. Archival Version. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.