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Study Report

Study Number: CA-007-001-1-1-United States-DPLS-1981

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Wisconsin basic needs study, 1981-1982.  [machine-readable data file] / MacDonald, Maurice  [principal investigator(s)] / Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Program Library Service  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 7/22/1996

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: The abstract in the investigator notes states that the study was done for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The study was executed by the Wisconsin Survey Research Lab (WSRL). The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) acted as producer, and worked with WSRL in the data cleaning process. IRP documents refer to the study by the primary title 'Wisconsin Basic Needs Study'; WSRL documents refer to the study by the secondary title 'Wisconsin Income and Spending Survey'. Data and documentation were in the custody of IRP until 1996, when archived at DPLS. The study consists of 1816 observations; each observation is comprised of six records. Logical record length is 2800 variables (each variable is set at 10 characters), unused variables padded with -1. 11,900 variables per observation total.

Access Status: Unlimited access

Date Ordered: 6/1/1996

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy codebook; one duplicate copy; questionnaires (in the article file); various project documents; machine-readable TIFF, GIF and PostScript files of codebook pages scanned by DISC staff. Visit the DISC Basic Needs Study Online Archive. Original documents are in PDR folder.

Abstract: The Wisconsin Basic Needs Project is a longitudinal survey of nearly 2,000 Wisconsin families for the State Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). The data were collected in five waves in 1981 and 1982. The objectives of the survey were to describe the basic needs of families, to observe the variation in needs as a function of household and psychological responses to changes in the ability of families to satisfy their consumption requirements. The survey includes the measurement of consumer expenditures (on a monthly basis for one year), and extensive retrospective life history, and behavioral and attitudinal measures.

The sample consisted of a cross-section of households throughout the state, supplemented by special oversampling of households in which DHSS had a particular policy interest (low-income families, households with an elderly head, and female-headed households with children).

The data were merged into a rectangular card-image file, with 1816 observations total in the file. Data were formatted with six records per observation. Each record has 28,000 characters. Each variable is 10 characters. Record type 1 (Household Interview) has 2800 variables. Records two through six have fewer variables and are padded with -1 (the missing data code). Actual variable number for each record is as follows:

Record 1 (Wave 1 Household Data)=2800 variables

Record 2 (Wave 1 Personal Data)=2200 variables

Record 3 (Wave 2 Data)=1600 variables

Record 4 (Wave 3 Data)=1600 variables

Record 5 (Wave 4 Data)=1600 variables

Record 6 (Wave 5 Data)=2100 variables

There is a total of 11,900 variables per observation. Also, within each wave there are person data variables. These person data sections are set to allow for a maximum of 11 persons.

NOTEThe documentation states that the Diary data 'as it exists, has problems and should not be used'.

File Structure: Rectangular

Observations: 1816

Variables: 11,900 per observation

Logical Record Length: 28000 characters

Records per observation: 6.

Media/File Reports:

7100 (CD-ROM)
7101 (CD-ROM)
7290 (CD-ROM)
7291 (CD-ROM)
7394 (CD-Rom)
7395 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)