The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a nationally representative longitudinal study of nearly 8,000 U.S. families. The PSID collects data on economic, health and social behavior.

About PSID (from homepage of link above):

"The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individuals living in 5,000 families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering employment, income, wealth, expenditures, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, philanthropy, education, and numerous other topics. The PSID is directed by faculty at the University of Michigan, and the data are available on this website without cost to researchers and analysts."
"The data are used by researchers, policy analysts, and teachers around the globe. Over 6,800 peer-reviewed publications have been based on the PSID. Recognizing the importance of the data, numerous countries have created their own PSID-like studies that now facilitate cross-national comparative research. The National Science Foundation recognized the PSID as one of the 60 most significant advances funded by NSF in its 60 year history."

To learn about the study and its datasets, the "Getting Started" page contains an introductory video, documentation and online resources, and a comprehensive user guide. Additional documentation can be found here.

In order to download data from the PSID, you can navigate to the "Data" page. This page contains links to the data center for the PSID, as well as the Child Development Supplement (CDS) and Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS) Data Center, two studies embedded in the PSID. Data can also be downloaded in zipped format ("Packaged Data"), and you can obtain restricted and sensitive data through a contract with the University of Michigan.

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