Title

Changes Throughout American Families

Presenter Information

Lindsay Eklof

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 202

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

This study involves the Panel Study of Income Dynamics data (PSID), which is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individual people living in 5,000 different families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering categories such as employment, income, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, education, and a number of other topics. For my project I examine the data by running several statistical tests on a number of different household factors and characteristics, in order to determine how they have changed over the last several years. Doing statistical tests on this data helped show how our American families have changed over time. We find significant differences between different groups of American families in terms of their values and lifestyles over the past several years. Knowing this information could be beneficial to businesses which would like to know what families value most, so they could target these key factors. Also looking at tends for families over the last few years could help predict where families are heading in the future, and what American society could possibly expect.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dominic Klyve

Additional Mentoring Department

Mathematics

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Changes Throughout American Families

SURC 202

This study involves the Panel Study of Income Dynamics data (PSID), which is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,000 individual people living in 5,000 different families in the United States. Information on these individuals and their descendants has been collected continuously, including data covering categories such as employment, income, health, marriage, childbearing, child development, education, and a number of other topics. For my project I examine the data by running several statistical tests on a number of different household factors and characteristics, in order to determine how they have changed over the last several years. Doing statistical tests on this data helped show how our American families have changed over time. We find significant differences between different groups of American families in terms of their values and lifestyles over the past several years. Knowing this information could be beneficial to businesses which would like to know what families value most, so they could target these key factors. Also looking at tends for families over the last few years could help predict where families are heading in the future, and what American society could possibly expect.