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

  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