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1983 Survey of Pension Providers

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Survey Data

1983 Survey of Pension Providers Data
This is the final version of the rectangular ASCII file released to the public. PKZIP compression is available. (See H.15 for software to uncompress PKZIP files.) The size of the uncompressed ASCII flatfile is approximately 18 MB.
Survey data ()
Last updated September 26, 1991

Two types of software are available for the 1983 SPP: a program for reading the data into a SAS data set and then merging that information with the corresponding cases in the main 1983 SCF data set; and a program for computing pension benefits for plan participants.

Software for Reading the 1983 SPP
The following program provides an example of SAS code to merge the 1983 SPP data with appropriate observations from the 1983 SCF.
Merge data ()
SAS program ()

Programs to Compute Pension Benefits
Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
This software falls roughly into two parts: The first is intended to read the SPP data and derive formula representations of the benefits from the plans; these formulas are included here. The second part is intended to use these formulas together with the main SCF data (or other data) to compute (1) a benefit conditioned on a set of characteristics and (2) a present value of that benefit. The files are provided in a zipped file which also contains documentation of the program. This documentation is also available separately in PDF format. The programs offered here were produced by the University of Michigan. No warranty is made for the performance of these files.

The software is written in a version of Pascal that ran on the University of Michigan system at the time the programs were written. Prospective users are warned that intensive efforts to run these programs elsewhere have been largely unsuccessful. The programs are made available here for two reasons. First, the formulas generated by the first part of the program may be useful to some researchers even without the ability to use the second half of the software. Second, the software documents a key analytical stage in the development of the functioning software available elsewhere on this site for use with the 1989 SPP.

Program files including documentation ()
Documentation only ()

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