Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Missing Data - Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)


I am providing Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics PUMFs (all years available) to an economics prof here at Acadia, and 1995 is missing (/MAD_PUMF_FMGD_DAM/Root/3889_SLID_EDTR/1995/data). Does anyone know where that could be? Or have it available to pass on to me?


Response 1:
I found this ‘readme’ file from DLI that I had saved about the SLID 1995. Not sure if there is anything more recent.

"Sat May 25 09:34:59 2002

I would like to try and sort out confusion about the Survey of Labour and
Income Dynamics (SLID Waves 1 & 2 referred to the first two years of the
survey 1993 and 1994. For these years they released cross-sectional files
and a two year longitudinal file. These we have on our FTP site.

Wave 3 refers to the third year of the survey 1995. The data collected
from this wave were released on June 17, 1998, however they did not release
any public file at that time. Although that had announced plans to release
files related to Wave 3 this never did occur. There are now no plans to
create a public file for Wave 3.

Cross- sectional files were produced for 1996 , 1997 and 1998 and these
are on our FTP site as well.

Since then it has been decided that there will be no more longitudinal files
released from SLID. Longitudinal data from this survey will now be
available only through remote job submission and at the RDCs.

I hope that this helps to clarify the SLID situation"

Response 2:
There is no PUMF available for SLID 1995. During this timeframe, the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) was still in a transitional phase. The Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) continued to produce PUMFs up to and including 1997 income reference year. Please refer to the note below from the 1996 SLID PUMF file documentation. For more information, you can consult the Introduction section of the attached document.

For many years, the Survey of Consumer Finances had provided public-use microdata
files (PUMFs) to meet the needs of cross-sectional household income data users. SCF
PUMFs were released up to and including reference year 1997. As part of its
commitment to key data users, Statistics Canada has promised that SLID would continue
to produce public-use microdata files (PUMFs) to meet the requirements of the SCF
PUMF users. For the purposes of standard tables, Statistics Canada has decided to make
the transition from SCF to SLID between 1995 and 1996. Therefore, SLID cross-sectional
PUMFs are being made available for reference years 1996 and 1997 (years in
common with SCF). Beginning with reference year 1998, a SLID PUMF will be released
on an annual basis.