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 3,000 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.