Transition Events in the Dynamics of Poverty. Chapter V: Data


Our analysis uses data from the 1975 through 1997 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) as well as the 1988, 1990, and 1996 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). We supplement these data with state unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) from the U.S. Department of Labor (2001) and real gross domestic product (GDP) from the U.S. Department of Commerce (2001).(24) Both the PSID and SIPP are well-suited for research on the dynamics of poverty. The variables outlined in the empirical model can be obtained from both data sets. Each data set is discussed in turn below.

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