This page provides links to programs and data sets that have been created by the PSID user community. PSID staff does not offer user help for these products. If you'd like to share your programs and/or PSID data, please contact us.
Prior to 1992 the PSID provided estimates of federal income tax payments for each tax unit in a PSID family based on simulations. From 1992 forward it has been up to users to make these calculations. Most users take advantage of NBER’s TAXSIM, which makes it quite easy to calculate this information.

Butrica and Burkhauser (1997) describes how best to use the PSID data with TAXSIM.

Kimberlin, Kim, & Shaefer (2015) provide an updated method for calculating income and payroll taxes from PSID data 1999-2011 using TAXSIM.

This link provides a paper and two Stata programs describing a method to calculate income and payroll taxes from Panel Survey of Income Dynamics data using the NBER's Internet TAXSIM version 9 , for PSID survey years 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005.

Poverty threshold data: 1968-2005
Lloyd D. Grieger created census-based poverty thresholds for each PSID family, 1968-2005.

Tax data: 1991
A SAS program which creates tax variables for the 1991 family dataset.

Philanthropy, 2001-2011
Cleaned cross-sections of Family Unit data focused on the Philanthropy Module and a few important demographics and characteristics of families (e.g., income, wealth, etc.). Prepared by researchers at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  "Clean processes" data
Lee A. Lillard developed a unique method for analyzing the rich compendium of data collected by the PSID since its inception in 1968. Dr. Lillard created what he called "clean processes" to investigate a number of dynamic behaviors that are measured longitudinally in PSID, such as employment, marriage-divorce, and fertility.

Reason for job loss: 1968-1992
Johanne Boisjoly, Greg Duncan, and Tim Smeeding recoded, for the years 1968-1992, "job loss" data into the categories of laid-off, fired, quit, company folded, and missing.

Risk Tolerance
In 1996, Miles S. Kimball, Claudia R. Sahm, and Matthew D. Shapiro used the questions M1-M5 asked in the 1996 Family Interview to impute variables of risk tolerance and risk aversion. For information about the construction of these variables please refer to their paper: Risk Preferences in the PSID: Individual Imputations and Family Covariation." by Miles S.Kimball, Claudia R. Sahm, and Matthew D. Shapiro. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 99 (May 2009) 363-368, which may be found on our website:

Risk Preferences in the PSID: Individual Imputations and Family Covariation

Please find additional helpful information in the Appendix also found on our website:  Risk Tolerance Appendix

Cross-National Equivalent File
The Cross-National Equivalent File contains equivalently defined variables for the PSID and PSID-like studies in several other countries.