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23-Jan-20 Panel Study of Income Dynamics News - January 2020

PSID–2019, Wave 41 Early Release File
Housing, Mortgage Distress, Food Security and Wealth
Early release data collected from PSID families between March-December, 2019 on mortgage distress, housing, food security, wealth, & computer use have been released.

Contents of Early Release File
The data consist of a balanced panel of 8,412 families active in the PSID in both 2017 and 2019. The ZIP file contains 1 SAS data file and summary documentation. These data are preliminary, un-imputed, and some values will change for the final data release.

Mortgage Distress
Since 2009, these questions obtain information on foreclosure, falling behind on payments, mortgage modification, and expectations about payment difficulties. Of the 35.8% of 2019 families with a first mortgage, 1.7% are behind on mortgage payments, down from 2.2% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2015.

Food Security
The USDA-ERS Household Food Security Survey Module was collected from 1999-2003, and again starting in 2015. In 2019, 15.5% of families reported that ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ the food they had just didn’t last and they did not have money to get more food, which has fallen from 16.8% in 2017.

Federal Government Shutdown
PSID asked families if they were impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown that occurred from December 2018-January 2019. Of the 3.5% of families who reported financial impact, 77.3% said they cut back on spending and 33.3% used food banks or community emergency support.

1968-2017 Family Composition File - Early Release
The Family Composition File describes the relatedness and coresidence of PSID sample children’s biological, adoptive, step- and social parents and siblings from first observation to age 18. The file is intended to document family structure stability and change over the early life course.

The Family Composition File project is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.