Launched in 1971, CDE’s Working Paper Series facilitates communication between Center researchers and other social scientists and publicizes the broad scope of Center research activities. Working Papers are typically pre-publication manuscripts that are disseminated to stimulate comment or to make results quickly available.
CDE also houses the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) Working Paper series. Researchers designed the NSFH to provide a broad range of information on family life that could be used across disciplinary perspectives. A considerable amount of life-history information was collected, including the respondent’s family living arrangements in childhood, departures and returns to the parental home, and histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, and employment. The design permits the detailed description of living arrangements and other characteristics and experiences, as well as the analysis of the consequences of earlier patterns on marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being. Interviews were conducted in 1987–88, 1992–94, and 2001–03.