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Family Complexity and Changing Household Dynamics as Measured in the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation

Working Paper Number SESHD-WP2017-119
Lindsay M. Monte

The Census Bureau has recently reengineered the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).  Among its many innovations, we have significantly revised the content to improve the 2014 SIPP panel’s ability to measure family diversity, complexity, and change. The 2014 SIPP added measures of multiple partner fertility, childbearing partnerships (even in the absence of coresident children), expanded details in household relationships, and included detailed information about each residence during the year, information about household composition changes during the year, and more. In this paper, the new measures of fertility and family and residential dynamics are presented, and the implications of these for our understanding of families and households in the United States are discussed.

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