Research Areas

The New York City Longitudinal Survey of Wellbeing (NYC-LSW)

With funding from Robin Hood, the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) has been surveying a representative panel of New York City adults. The initial survey, fielded between December 2012 and March 2013, collected detailed information on income, material hardships, and family health and well-being. A new sample is currently being followed, which began in 2015. Following the initial survey, respondents were enrolled in a panel to be followed over time, with periodic survey modules at 3-month intervals covering topics like assets and debt, neighborhoods and program service utilization, and adult and child health. Every 3-month follow-up contains basic questions on various experiences that families may have experienced in between waves, including moves into and out of the household, gains and losses of jobs, unexpected major expenses, and large gains or losses in income. With this rich information in hand, CPRC and Robin Hood seek to understand how New Yorkers are faring over time.

Codebooks & Surveys

To download the documentation and data from the Poverty Tracker, please register with the Center on Poverty and Social Policy.


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