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Current Population Survey (CPS)/Social Security Summary Earnings (SER) Exact Match File, March 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 3 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Current Population Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; demographic characteristics; employment; Hispanic origins; households; income; job history; labor force; pension plans; pensions; population characteristics; population estimates; social security; unemployment; working hours
  • 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. This file matches earnings data from Social Security summary earnings records (SER) for all persons over 14 years of age with data from the CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: ANNUAL DEMOGRAPHIC FILE, 1978 (ICPSR 7836). SER data includes total earnings from 1937 through 1978, annual earnings from 1951-1978, and quarters worked for purposes of Social Security from 1937-1978. Information on demographic characteristics, such as sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, educational background, and household relationship, is available for each person in the household enumerated.
  • Methods

    All records contain weights, which must be used in any analysis.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978-03
  • Collection date: 1978-03
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons 14 years old and older in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States including members of the armed forces living in civilian housing in March 1978.
A national probability sample was used in selecting the housing units. A total of 67,900 households were sampled.
Collection Mode
  • The data are contained in one combined rectangular file. (Each person in the survey has a combined record.) The file has information on 67,900 households, 58,448 families, and 155,706 individuals. There are a total of 412 variables. Household records contain 39 variables, family records contain 79 variables, and person records contain 294 variables.

2009-03-12 ICPSR has added the original technical documentation as a User Guide in PDF format. This document is added to the collection merely as a reference resource for users. Users should continue to refer to the codebook for column location and information pertaining to the rectangular data file.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9039 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09039.v2
  • Waid, Mikki D.. The Distribution of Social Security Benefits under Current Law and Various Alternatives: How Will They Alter Progressivity?. Unpublished Dissertation, George Washington University. 2007.
  • Bollinger, Christopher R.. Measurement error in the Current Population Survey: A nonparametric look. Journal of Labor Economics.16, (3), 576 -1998.
    • ID: 10.1086/209899 (DOI)
  • Bound, John, Krueger, Alan B.. The extent of measurement error in longitudinal earnings data: Do two wrongs make a right?. Journal of Labor Economics.9, 1-24.1991.
    • ID: 10.1086/298256 (DOI)
  • Bound, John, Brown, Charles, Duncan, Greg J., Rodgers, Willard L.. Measurement Error In Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Labor Market Surveys: Results From Two Validation Studies. NBER Working Paper Series.2884, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1989.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Bound, John, Krueger, Alan B.. The Extent of Measurement Error in Longitudinal Earnings Data: Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?. NBER Working Paper Series.2885, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. 1989.
    • ID: (URL)

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 (CPS)/Social Security Summary Earnings (SER) Exact Match File, March 1978. Version 3. Current Population Survey Series. Version: v3. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.