Measures of Material Hardship: Final Report. Survey Content

04/01/2004

The SIPP interview is comprised of three components: the control card, core questionnaire, and topical modules. The control card contains information about the type of housing, household roster, and basic demographics (date of birth, race/ethnicity, origin or descent, gender, marital status, armed forces status, and educational attainment). The core questionnaire includes seven sections: labor force participation, earnings, sources and amounts of unearned income, assets, health insurance, participation in various assistance programs, and education activities. This information is collected for all household members age 15 and older. The SIPP's topical modules vary by panel and wave. The modules administered to the 1996 panel are listed in Exhibit 4.1.

The key source of material hardship data in the 1996 SIPP is the Adult Well-Being Topical Module, which was administered during Wave 8 (in mid-1998).(8) The Census Bureau plans to administer this module again during Wave 8 of the 2001 SIPP panel (summer 2003).

Exhibit 4.1
1996 SIPP Topical Modules
  1996 SIPP Topical Module Content
Wave 1 Assistance recipiency history, employment history
Wave 2 Marital history, fertility history, work disability, education and training history, migration history, household relationships
Wave 3 Assets and liabilities, medical expenses/health care utilization, work-related expenses, child support paid
Wave 4 Annual income and retirement accounts, taxes, work schedule, child care, disability
Wave 5 School enrollment and financing, child support, support for non-household members, functional limitations, employer-provided health benefits, work and training activities while receiving public assistance/food stamps
Wave 6 Childrens well-being, assets and liabilities, medical expenses/health care utilization, work-related expenses, child support paid
Wave 7 Annual income and retirement accounts, taxes, retirement expectations and pension plan coverage, home health care
Wave 8 Adult well-being, welfare reform (services and benefits received from government agencies and charities)
Wave 9 Assets and liabilities, medical expenses/health care utilization, work-related expenses, child support paid
Wave 10 Annual income and retirement accounts, taxes, work schedule, child care
Wave 11 Child support, support for non-household members, functional limitations and disability
Wave 12 Assets and liabilities, medical expenses/health care utilization, work-related expenses, child support paid, childrens well-being

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