International Symposium on Longitudinal Survey Methods for Human Capital

Through May 29, 2012

May 28

The symposium took advantage of the mutual interest and expertise in the study of life course investment in human capital in China and the United States, exploiting the fact that both produce and use important and complementary data sets.  At Chicago the faculty of the Harris School (and throughout the University) analyze longitudinal data and several of these same faculty members, through The National Opinion Research Center (NORC), design, conduct, and manage one of the nation’s major data resources.  In China, similarly, faculty at Peking University and Renmin University do the same – they both analyze longitudinal data to understand life course experiences and they design and collect longitudinal data sets.  There is mutual interest in exchanging, on an equal basis, the experiences and expertise of great value to each about the collection of these data resources and about the substantive findings regarding the lives of men, women and their families in the two nations.

Both basic social science research and policy analysis rely on high quality data.  Faculty members at the Harris School and at NORC engaged with their Chinese counterparts to learn from them and to help them in their survey efforts.  The two-day conference introduced these two teams to one another.  They shared information and explored how best to create a longer term working relationship.

Day 1: May 28, 2012

8:30 Refreshments

9:00 Dali Yang Welcome and Introduction of Participants

9:15 Description of Work on Key Studies: NLSY, SCF, NSFG, HRS, CGSS,   CFPS  and CHARLS
(15 minutes for each Center)

Chair Ellen Cohen (UChicago)

NORC Kymn Kochanek NLSY and SCF Summaries (.pdf)

UM (1) David Weir Introduction to HRS (.pdf)

(2) Frank Stafford  Introduction to PSID (.pdf)

ISSS (1) Yu Xie, CFPS Introduction and Findings (.pdf)

(2) Yaohui Zhao CHARLS: An Introduction (.pdf)

Renmin Lulu Li and Weidong Wang CGSS: 2003-2011 (.pdf)

10:45 Break and photos

11:00 Sampling and Sampling Operations

Chair Yu Xie (ISSS and UM)

NORC Ting Yan Sampling and Nonsampling Challenges for Longitudinal Surveys—An Overview (.pdf)

UM Nicole Kirgis Sampling Operations in the NSFG (.pdf)

ISSS (1) Ping Lv and Yu Xie Sampling Operations in the CFPS (.pdf)

(2) Yisong Hu and Yaohui Zhao Sampling and Sampling Operations in CHARLS (.pdf)

Renmin Leana Tang and Weidong Wang  Sampling Design and Sampling (.pdf)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Interviewer Recruitment, Hiring and Training

Chair Beth-Ellen Pennell (University of Michigan)

NORC Kymn Kochanek, Vicki Wilmer Streamlining and Automating Recruitment, Hiring and Training of Interviewers (.pdf)

UM Patty Maher, Jody Doherty Innovations in Recruitment, Hiring and Training (.pdf)

ISSS Yun Zhou, Hua Ding, Man Zhang Interviewer Recruitment, Training, and Maintenance (.pdf)

14:40 Break

15:00 Paradata and Quality Control

Chair Rupa Datta (NORC)

NORC Tricia McCarthy CARI, Data, Record of Call and Interviewer Comment Review – Quality and Validation as the Objectives for the NLSY97

UM Nicole Kirgis Use of Paradata Dashboards to Monitor Quality Control (.pdf)

UM Robert W. Marans Collection and Use of Secondary or Objective Data in Combination With Survey Data (.pdf)

ISSS (1) Yan Sun  Quality Control Strategy Under CAPI Mode—A Case Study of CFPS (.pdf)

(2) Chang Yuan and coauthors Quality Control in CHARLS (.pdf)

Renmin Ding Li, Lina Tang Quality Control in CGSS

16:50 Beth-Ellen Pennell, Gina Cheung International Data Collection Models (.pdf)

18:00 Group dinner

Day 2: May 29, 2012

8:30 Refreshments

9:00 Respondent Recruitment, Cooperation, Retention and Tracking

Chair Kymn Kochanek (NORC)

NORC Lauren Seward Maintaining a Longitudinal Panel – NLSY97

ISSS Liying Ren Understanding Sample Loss:  the Case of Chinese Family Panel Studies (.pdf)

Renmin Shizheng Feng, BCPS, Overall Design Fieldwork Implementation, and Preliminary Findings (.pdf)

10:20 Break

10:40 Multi-mode Surveys (Including New Innovative Methods) (15 minutes for each presenter, 10 minutes for questions)

Chair Weidong Wang (Renmin University)

NORC Vicki Wilmer The “Early Bird” Special and Ambassador Outreach to the NLSY79 Respondents (.pdf)

UM Patty Maher and Gina Cheung  Integrated Sample Management for Mixed Mode:  A New Paradigm (.pdf)

ISSS Jiahui Yao Multi-mode Management in CFPS (.pdf)

Renmin Ding Li Mixed Mode Interview in CEPS (.pdf)

12:10 Chair: Yaohui Zhao (ISSS, Peking University) Lunch

13:30  Lauren Seward, Tricia McCarthy (NORC) Demonstration of NORC’s Case Management System

14:10 Dan Black (UChicago/NORC)

The presentation will be built around the paper, “The Role of Location in Evaluating Racial Wage Disparity” (Dan Black, Natalia Kolesnikova, Seth Sanders and Lowell Taylor). This paper relies on AFQT data, wage data and location data.

14:50 Frank Stafford (UM) Event History Calendars: Employment and Residential Transitions during the U.S. Recession (.pdf)

15:30 Chair: Frank Stafford (UM) Break

15:50 Lowell Taylor (NORC)

The presentation will be built around the paper, “The Use of Cognitive Ability as an Explanatory Variable in Regression Analysis” (Lynne Steuerle Schofield, Brian Junker, and Lowell Taylor). Social attitude questions (NLS) (.pdf)

16:20 David Weir (UM),

The presentation will be on scientific consequences of operational procedures built on a paper, “Proxy interviews and bias in the distribution of cognitive abilities due to non-response in longitudinal studies: A comparison of HRS and ELSA.” (.pdf)

17:00 Rupa Datta (NORC)

This presentation will include observations as follows: One challenge that the NLSY97 has grappled with is the collection of detailed longitudinally-comparable wage data even as patterns of labor market participation vary, for example, with increases in temporary work agencies, self-employment rates. (.pdf)

17:40 Robert Willis (UM)  Cognitive Economics Study: CogEcon and CogUSA in Four Survey Modes (.pdf)

18:20 Wrap-up

Organizers: Dan Black and Ellen Cohen (Harris School), Kymn Kochanek (NORC), in collaboration with Wang Weidong, Renmin University, and Qiang Ren, Beijing (Peking) University.