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1983 Survey of Pension Providers

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The Survey of Pension Providers was designed to gather more detailed information on the pension plans of survey participants than could reasonably be expected in a personal interview. For cases where either the respondent or the spouse or partner of the respondent had some pension coverage from a current job, the SCF interviewer asked for information that could be used to contact the providers of the pensions. The providers were asked for copies of the official summary plan descriptions, and this information was coded for use with the main survey data.

Overview of the 1983 Survey of Pension Providers
Richard T. Curtin, University of Michigan
This paper provides details about the overall research design and methodology used for entitlement estimation. The sections describe the sample, research design, measurement model, benefit formulas, plan provisions, and the assumptions required for the estimation of entitlements. The overview also contains a response table for the 1983 SPP.
Overview (2.1 MB PDF)

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Last update: September 3, 2014