Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS)

L.A.FANS (www.lasurvey.rand.org) was designed by Anne Pebley, Narayan Sastry (Michigan), and other CCPR affiliates to study both neighborhoods and individuals over time. The study is based on probability samples of 65 census tracts in Los Angeles County in 1999 and of the residents in these tracts. The innovative design allows researchers to study both residential mobility into and out of sampled tracts and the life course trajectories of individual respondents who resided in sampled tracts in 2000 regardless of whether they remain in the original tract or not. Data collection was completed for the first wave in 2000-2001 and for the second wave in 2006-2008. Data for both waves are available through ICPSR. In 2011, Robert Mare is planning to conduct a telephone interview with L.A. FANS respondents focusing on updating residential histories and the effects of the recession.

Union Army Veterans Data

Dora Costa has played a key role over the last two decades in the construction and dissemination of these data. The project has created public use samples of the life histories, from 1850 until death, of more than 49,000 white and 21,000 black Union Army soldiers, with sub-populations of special substantive interest such as POWs and large city dwellers, who can be linked to detailed GIS maps and ward-level information for several large cities.  These data permit researchers to examine how aging processes have changed for different generations and how the stresses of a harsh disease environment and of wartime experiences shape health over the life cycle (http://uadata.org).   Under the NIA P01 Early Indicators, Intergenerational Processes, and Aging (AG10120, PI: Costa), the sons and daughters of Union Army soldiers are being followed up to investigate the inter-generational transmission of socioeconomic status and longevity.

Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA)

lambdaThe Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) project is led by Alberto Palloni in collaboration with CCPR affliate, Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, and Guido Pinto-Aguirre. It was originally created to support the empirical study of the history of mortality trends in Latin American countries after independence. It now supports the study of very recent mortality trends and is particularly suited for the study of old age mortality during the post-WWII period. The database covers the interval between 1848 and 2014 and contains data on population censuses, age-specific total death counts, mortality rates, and life tables. Unlike other data on mortality, cause of death, and population counts, these data have undergone careful data quality evaluation and correction where necessary.  Thus, unlike vital registration data, they are of very high quality.

The Latin American Mortality Database is provided free of charge to all individuals who register to the site. The project is supported by research project grants from the National Institute on Aging and a Fogarty International Center award for Global Research Training in Population Health.

China Multigenerational Panel Dataset – Liaoning (CMGPD-LN) and Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC)

These two data sets are multi-generational demographic databases, constructed by Cameron Campbell (HKUST), James Lee (Michigan), and colleagues, from historical Chinese household registers and genealogies. These databases support studies of interactions between social stratification, demographic behavior, and family organization within and across generations. The CMGPD-LN describes 260,000 individuals across 7 generations from 1749 to 1909. The CMGPD-SC follows more than 100,000 individuals and their families for only 4 generations, but provides records of landholding at several points in time. The CMGPD-LN and the CMGPD-SC are available via Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/series/265).

Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS)

The MxFLS is the first nationally representative longitudinal survey with of the Mexican population. It is designed and implemented by CCPR non-resident affiliates Graciela Teruel (UIA-Mexico) and Luis Rubalcava (CIDE-Mexico) and former CCPR affiliates Duncan Thomas (Duke) and Elizabeth Frankenberg (Duke). MxFLS-1 was conducted in 2002, MxFLS-2 in 2005-2006 and MxFLS-3 in 2009-2011. A fourth wave is planned. MxFLS is particularly important because it tracks and interviews sample members regardless of where they move after baseline. It also collects a wealth of information on social, economic, health, and demographic issues. Thus, it is an excellent data set for study of Mexican migrants within Mexico and to the United States. The MxFLS-1 sample included 8,440 households and approximately 35,000 individuals in 150 communities throughout Mexico. More information is available at: http://www.ennvih-mxfls.org/.