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Current Population Survey, March/April 1979 Match File

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
alimony; census data; child support; demographic characteristics; divorce; employment; households; income; labor force; occupations; 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 are available concerning weeks worked and hours per week worked, reason not working full-time, total income and income components, and residence on March 1, 1975. This match file is comprised of records for six rotation groups common to the March and April 1979 Current Population Surveys. Data on alimony and child support are provided 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, household relationship, educational attainment, and Hispanic origin, is available for each person in the household enumerated.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-03 / 1979-04
    Time period: 1979-03--1979-04
  • 1979-03 / 1979-04
    Collection date: 1979-03--1979-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing units in March and April 1979.
A national probability sample was used in selecting housing units.
Collection Mode
  • (1) This hierarchical file contains 192,365 records. There are three record types. Houshold records contain 39 variables, family records contain 78 variables, and person records contain approximately 215 variables. (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.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8345 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • 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)
  • Graham, John W., Beller, Andrea H.. Child Support in Black and White: Racial Differentials in the Award and Receipt of Child Support during the 1980s. Social Science Quarterly.77, (3), 528-542.1996.
  • Hernandez, Pedro M., Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John W.. Changes in the Relationship between Child Support Payments and Educational Attainment of Offspring. Demography.32, (2), 249-260.1995.
    • 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.
  • Sakamoto, Arthur, Chen, Meichu D.. Inequality and attainment in a dual labor market. American Sociological Review.56, (3), 295-308.1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • 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.
  • Beller, A.H., Graham, J.W.. Child support awards: Differentials and trends by race and marital status. Demography.23, 231 -1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John W.. The Determinants of Child Support Income. Social Science Quarterly.67, (2), 353-364.1986.
  • Peters, H. Elizabeth. Marriage and Divorce: Informational Constraints and Private Contracting. American Economic Review.76, (3), 437-454.1986.
  • 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.
  • Beller, Andrea H., Graham, John D.. Variations in the economic well-being of divorced women and their children. BEBR Faculty Working Paper.988, Gainseville, FL: Bureau of Economic and Business Research. 1983.
  • Roberts, Mark D.. Child Support, Welfare, and Single Parents. Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park. 1983.

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

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1985): Current Population Survey, March/April 1979 Match File. Version 1. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.