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Assessing the need for a new nationally representative household panel survey in the United States

TitleAssessing the need for a new nationally representative household panel survey in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMoffitt, R, Schoeni, RF, Brown, C, Chase-Lansdale, PL, Couper, MP, Diez-Roux, AV, Hurst, E, Seltzer, JA
JournalJ Econ Soc Meas
Volume40
Pagination1-26
ISBN Number0747-9662 (Print)0747-9662 (Linking)
Accession Number26688609
Keywordseconomics, health research, SOCIOLOGY, Survey
Abstract

We introduce this special issue on the critical matter of whether the existing household panel surveys in the U.S. are adequate to address the important emerging social science and policy questions of the next few decades. We summarize the conference papers which address this issue in different domains. The papers detail many new and important emerging research questions but also identify key limitations in existing panels in addressing those questions. To address these limitations, we consider the advantages and disadvantages of initiating a new, general-purpose omnibus household panel in the U.S. We also discuss the particular benefits of starting new panels that have specific targeted domains such as child development, population health and health care. We also develop a list of valuable enhancements to existing panels which could address many of their limitations.

PMCID

PMC4678926