Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Overview of Data, Wage Definitions, Analysis Samples, and Methodological Approach

04/30/2004

The 1996 longitudinal panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), collected by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, is the primary data source that we used for examining the low-wage labor market in our study. Because of the wide range of study questions, we used different samples and methodological approaches for different types of analyses. We discuss these issues in this section (see the Methodological Appendix A for a more detailed discussion of these topics).

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