The public release files, which can be downloaded directly from the PSID website, contain geographic information of a more generalized nature such as region and state of residence. A collapsed version of the Beale rural-urban code is available for some years in the data center, as well as in the supplemental files located here:
These data will meet the needs of most users. Users in need of more specialized geographic
information may want to request use of the restricted PSID Geocode Match files. These files
include the identification codes necessary to link data from the PSID annual family files to
Census data. This linkage allows the addition of information regarding the characteristics
of the geographic area in which individuals and families lived (e.g., the neighborhood and/
or the labor market area) to the PSID individual- or family-level data. This should in turn
allow investigation of the effects of non-family "context" variables on family and individual
In the past, we provided selected variables from the Census in aggregated forms (i.e.,
Census Extract Files); however, we no longer support these files. In recent years, there has
been a rapid growth of external sources that provide an increasing variety of measures of
the neighborhood environment.
|Individuals who conduct scientific research and hold a full-time, permanent, doctoral-level faculty appointment and obtains the approval of their research and data protection plan through a human subjects institutional review board may request use of restricted data.|
|The following materials must be submitted:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Research plan
3. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval
4. Data request form
5. MiCDA acceptable use policy (AUP)
6. VDI-Data security plan
7. Institute for Social Research Confidentiality pledge Confidentiality pledge
8. After approval, a $750 non-refundable administration fee will be collected.
|Once all application materials have been submitted, review by the PSID restricted data committee usually occurs within two weeks. Once the application is approved, the contracts must be signed and submitted along with the non-refundable administrative fee. After these steps have been completed, the data are provided via secure remote access through a Virtual Data Enclave. The average processing time is between one to two months and on rare occasions as long as six months. The vast majority of delays occur as a result of contract language change requests by the requesting institution.
|Yes, more than one type of restricted data may be requested; however, the researcher must document in their research plan the need and purpose for use of more than one type of data set.|
|No. Each contract is project specific and is validated through the research plan.|
|Multiple investigators may use the restricted data if they are all involved in the same research project and named on the
research plan and on the IRB. All investigators must provide a CV, an AUP, DSP and Pledge of Confidentiality and sign the restricted data contract.|
|Yes. A PI may include investigators from other institutions who are collaborating on the research project by describing
their roles and qualifications in the research plan, and naming them in the IRB.
All investigators must provide a CV, an AUP, DSP and Pledge of Confidentiality and sign the restricted data contract.|
Graduate students must work with the restricted data under the supervision of a full-time, permanent, doctoral level faculty person at their institution. The faculty advisor is named as the Investigator on the contract and is responsible for ensuring that all confidentiality and security measures are upheld. Should a faculty advisor leave the receiving institution, they are responsible for notifying the PSID of this change. Graduate students must then obtain a new faculty advisor who will be named on the contract until their research project is completed.
|Contracts are limited to three years with extension paperwork due every six months, as requested by the PSID contract administrator.|
|The faculty adviser is named as the Investigator on the contract, and assumes responsibility for everyone on the project accessing the PSID restricted data.
They are also responsible for ensuring the contract paperwork is kept current. This includes returning a complete Request for Extension form to the PSID
every 180 days while the contract remains active. The faculty adviser must also be responsible for ensuring that security measures are kept in force for all
restricted data work, and for seeing that the contract closure occurs once the dissertation has been published.|
Multiple contracts for a number of research projects are permissible as long as an individual contract is submitted for each research project. A contract will be processed and established for each research project requested. Each contract has its own paperwork, contract and fee.
There are external IRB agencies that researchers may use to fulfill this application requirement. These agencies do charge a fee for their services, and
the researcher must work directly with them to obtain approval. Contact the help desk for further assistance
|Researchers may forward the email approval to the PSID.|
|The researcher is responsible for maintaining active IRB approval during the entire course of the contract and must submit updates or renewals to the PSID.|
Everyone involved in the research project should submit a CV. Graduate students should submit their CV as well as the most recent CV for their faculty advisor.