Ohio State University User Package for the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF), 1970-2013

Prepared at the Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University in collaboration with

The Cross-National Equivalent File 1970-2013 contains equivalently defined variables for the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Korea Labor and Income Panel Study (KLIPS) (new this year), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) (new this year), the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

The data are designed to allow cross-national researchers not experienced in panel data analysis to access a simplified version of these panels, while providing experienced panel data users with guidelines for formulating equivalent variables across countries. Most importantly, the equivalent file provides a set of constructed variables (for example pre- and post-government income and United States and international household equivalence weights) that are not directly available on the original surveys. Since the Cross-National Equivalent File 1970-2013 can be merged with the original surveys, PSID-CNEF users can easily incorporate these constructed variables into current analyses.

The CNEF User Package is contained on a CD-ROM and includes:

  1. BHPS data from 1991 to 2008 on over 21,000 individuals and 6,000 households
  2. HILDA data from 2001 to 2013 on over 19,000 individuals and 7,000 households
  3. KLIPS data from 1998 to 2008*
  4. PSID data from 1970 to 2009, on over 33,000 individuals and 7,000 households
  5. RLMS-HSE data from 1995-2012
  6. SHP data from 1999-2013 on 12,900 individuals and 5,000 households
  7. SLID data from 1993 to 2010 on over 95,000 individuals and 32,000 households.**
  8. SOEP data from 1984 to 2013 on over 20,000 individuals and 6,000 households.
  9. A codebook that describes the methods used to create each variable in each country, the algorithm for its creation based in the original survey variable names, and descriptive statistics for each variable in Adobe Acrobat format.

*The Korea Labor Institute expects to fully update the KLIPS-CNEF data in 2015.
**SLID data for 1993-2010 are not on the CD but are available to registered users by special arrangement with Statistics Canada. These data are available in SAS-Windows *.SAS 7bdat,  SPSS-Windows *.SAV,  Stata 9.0 , and ASCII formats. The 2010 survey year is the last year that SLID-CNEF data were produced. A new survey, the Longitudinal and International Study of Adults (LISA), will take SLID’s place. We don’t yet know when that will occur. Keep checking.

Adobe Acrobat PDF versions of each codebook are available here. If you do not have Acrobat, you can download a FREE copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Introductory Pages Common to All CNEF Codebooks
BHPS-CNEF codebook – Part 1
BHPS-CNEF codebook – Part 2
HILDA-CNEF codebook – Part 1
HILDA-CNEF codebook – Part 2
KLIPS-CNEF codebook
PSID-CNEF codebook – Part 1
PSID-CNEF codebook – Part 2
RLMS-HSE-CNEF codebook
SHP-CNEF codebook
SLID-CNEF codebook
SOEP-CNEF codebook – Part 1
SOEP-CNEF codebook – Part 2

  1. A link to the 2001 paper “The Cross-National Equivalent File: A Product of Cross-National Research” by R.V. Burkhauser, B.A. Butrica, M.C. Daly, and D. R. Lillard , (also available on this site – click here to download) that discusses the construction of comparable variables, supplies a list of supporting publications and working papers, as well as an example of how to use the data file for analyses.
    A link to the 2007 paper “The Expanded Cross-National Equivalent File: HILDA Joins its International Peers” by R.V. Burkhauser and D.R. Lillard (also available to download here) that introduces Australian readers to CNEF and its potential for researchers interested in comparing economic well-being, labor market and health outcomes in Australia with those in Canada, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.The new cross-national equivalent file includes data from the Swiss Household Panel Study. The new CNEF is described in a 2007 paper “The Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and its Member Country Household Panel Studies” by Joachim Frick, Stephen Jenkins, Dean Lillard, Oliver Lipps, and Mark Wooden.
  2. Private and Public Income Variables: CNEF contains public (Social Security and Other Government Income) and private income variables. The documentation for these created variables is provided here. This document provides a list of the income variables that were used to create these broader income catogories as well as a detailed description of each of the government programs contained in the public income variable. This document also provides background information for the first paper to use these data in a four country study, Burkhauser, R. V., Giles, P., Lillard, D.R. and Schwarze, J. (2005).”After Death Do Us Part: An Analysis of the Economic Well being of Widows in Four Countries.”, Journal of Gerontology 60B(5): S238-S246.
  3. Link to movie of Dean Lillard’s seminar presentation of “Harmonizing Panel Data: The Cross-National Equivalent File” given at McGill University October 20, 2010.
  4. Websites for the Original Surveys
  • BHPS The British Household Panel Study
  • HILDA   Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia
  • KLIPS  Korea Labor and Income Panel Study
  • PSID   Panel Study of Income Dynamics
  • RMLS-HSE  Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey
  • SHP   The Swiss Household Panel
  • SLID   The Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics
  • SOEP  German Socio-Economic Panel

Complete instructions for obtaining all the following data may be accessed 2015-SOEP-CNEF-access-procedures.

  • KLIPS-CNEF (new)
  • PSID-CNEF or download PSID data files here

For data and information, please contact:
SOEP/CNEF Project Assistant
Ohio State University
Department of Human Sciences
235B Campbell Hall, Columbus, OH 43210 USA
Tel: +1-614-292-4561
FAX: +1-614-688-8133
E-mail: CNEF@osu.edu


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