Data Resources at CDE

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS)

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is a long-term study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through 2008. WLS data also cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, and retirement.

Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, and 2004; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, and 2005; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006; and from widow(er)s of the graduates and siblings in 2006.

National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)

The NSFH was designed to provide a broad range of information on family life to serve as a resource for research across disciplinary perspectives. A considerable amount of life-history information was collected, including: the respondent's family living arrangements in childhood, departures and returns to the parental home, and histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, and employment. The design permits the detailed description of past and current living arrangements and other characteristics and experiences, as well as the analysis of the consequences of earlier patterns on current states, marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being. Interviews were conducted in 1987-88, 1992-94, and 2001-2003.

Salud, Bienestar y Envejecmiento (Health, Well Being and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean) (SABE)

SABE is a cross-national survey on health and aging organized as a cooperative venture among researchers in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. SABE has produced the first cross-national database for studying health and aging in these countries. SABE's sponsors include the Pan American Health Organization and several national and academic institutions in the participating countries.

Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO)

The Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO) project provides quality data for researchers and policy makers about issues affecting the elderly population in Puerto Rico: health status, housing arrangements, functional status, transfers, labor history, migration, income, childhood characteristics, health insurance, use of health services, marital history, mistreat, sexuality, etc. The PREHCO Project investigates the characteristics of older adults (aged 60+) in Puerto Rico through an island-wide, cross-sectional sample survey of target individuals and their spouses. The project has been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and it is developed through a collaboration agreement between the Center for Demography and Ecology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Graduate School of Public Health of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.