Survey Unit: Household
Time Periods: 1984, 1990-1993, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2008
Number of Observations: 14,000 - 37,000
Description: The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) collects information on source and amount of income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility data, and general demographic characteristics to measure the effectiveness of existing federal, state, and local programs; to estimate future costs and coverage for government programs, such as food stamps; and to provide improved statistics on the distribution of income in the country. There are three basic elements contained in the overall design of the survey content. The control card is used to record basic social and demographic characteristics for each person in the household at the time of the initial interview. The second major element of the survey content is the core portion of the questionnaire. The core questions are repeated at each interview and cover labor force activity, the types and amounts of income received during the four- month reference period, and participation status in various programs. The third major element is the various supplements or topical modules that will be included during selected household visits. A list of topical modules includes work history, health characteristics (including disability), assets and liabilities, pension plan coverage, housing characteristics, child care, child support agreements, support for nonhousehold members, program participation history, reasons for not working, calendar year income and benefits, taxes, and education and training.
Sponsor: Census Bureau