Call for Papers: Conference on Cross-National Comparative Research Using Panel Surveys


Call for Papers
Conference on Cross-National Comparative Research Using Panel Surveys
Ann Arbor, Michigan October 26-27, 2000

The Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) are jointly sponsoring a conference on comparative research using international panel surveys with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Institute on Aging.

The main purpose of the conference is to advance basic research on the value and use of panel surveys for international comparative research. While panel surveys such as the PSID and NLS have been ongoing for more than thirty years, there have been an increasing number of important panels fielded during the last decade in the United States, among them HRS. Moreover, many European countries and countries in Asia and South America have launched panel surveys during this time, some with the explicit intention of facilitating international comparisons.

The conference is intended as a vehicle to encourage researchers in the social sciences to use panel surveys to address critical scientific and policy issues that would be better informed by international comparisons and the variation in policy environments across countries. The topics of interest for this conference can span substantive and methodological issues relevant to the social sciences and that make use of unique features of specific longitudinal data sets in a cross-national context. There is no limitation on the specific topics to be addressed, but cross-national research on income, wage or consumption dynamics, labor supply, the well-being of children, health, inter- generational exchanges, retirement, savings and wealth accumulation, neighborhood effects, and family and household composition and change are encouraged. Methodological research that compares panel surveys across nations is also encouraged.

For papers using U.S. surveys, some priority will be given to those based on longitudinal data sets sponsored by NSF, BLS or NIA, namely the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, any of the cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, the Health and Retirement Study, and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old survey. However, by the nature of this conference, we anticipate that many submissions will be using panel or repeated cross-sectional data sets for countries other than the U.S.

The calendar for the selection process and completed papers is as follows:

  • Abstracts, two to four pages in length, are due March 1, 2000. A committee consisting of representatives from the PSID Board of Overseers, the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys and the Health and Retirement Study will select papers by April 1, 2000. We anticipate that about 10-12 papers will be selected for a one and one-half to two-day conference. Publication of the papers in a special volume of an appropriate journal is a likely possibility that is being explored by the conference organizers.
  • The conference will be held October 26-27, 2000 at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Papers will be circulated to conference participants and discussants prior to the meeting. Presenters will be compensated for their travel and living expenses.

Abstracts should be sent by March 1, 2000 to:

Attention PSID Staff:
International Conference Abstract
The Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Institute for Social Research
PO Box 1248 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248.

You may send electronic mail to