John Robert Warren
University of Minnesota
Department of Sociology & Minnesota Population Center
909 Social Sciences ~
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612.624.2310 (Office) ~ 612.624.7020 (FAX)
(Page last updated 9/4/12)
Social Stratification; Sociology of Education
THE WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY
About 10,000 members of Wisconsin’s high school class of 1957 have been surveyed periodically since 1957. We have recently re-interviewed the graduates and their randomly selected siblings as part of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS). WLS data have long been a cornerstone of research on social stratification, and are an important resource for understanding processes related to aging, careers, retirement, the family, health, and more. Using data from the WLS, Jim Raymo and I are modeling the impact of work and family roles and conditions across the life course on health, well-being, financial security, and other outcomes in late adulthood. This project is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging.
INTEGRATING, LINKING, AND DISSEMINATING DATA FROM THE CURRENT POPULATION SURVEYS
Sarah Flood and other MPC colleagues and I are developing integrated data, dissemination software, and associated metadata that will make longitudinal analyses of Current Population Survey (CPS) data radically easier. We will provide researchers with flexible access to integrated and well-documented longitudinal data across all CPS surveys, including all surviving basic monthly surveys and all topical supplements. The project will serve the scientific enterprise by reducing wasteful duplication of effort (e.g., in linking files and harmonizing variables), eliminating common technical errors (e.g., in variance estimation), making findings easier to replicate, and encouraging and facilitating sophisticated and powerful new longitudinal analyses in many research domains. This project is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.
INTEGRATED, COMPLETE-COUNT 1940 U.S. CENSUS DATA
I am working with a team at MPC, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Ancestry.com to create a massive microdata resource comprising the entire population of the United States as enumerated in the 1940 federal Census. The database will provide the earliest information available on educational attainment, migration status, labor force status, wage and salary income, and other social, economic, and demographic characteristics. Accordingly, it will provide the baseline for critical analyses of public health and social and economic change. Researchers will be able to link recent panel surveys, administrative records, and the national death index to the 1940 database, allowing study of the impact of early life conditions on later outcomes. The database will cover the entire population with full geographic detail, providing contextual information on childhood neighborhood characteristics, labor-market conditions, and environmental conditions. This project is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation.
PANEL CONDITIONING EFFECTS IN LONGITUDINAL STUDIES
How does participating in a long-term longitudinal study alter individuals’ attitudes and behaviors—or at least their propensity to report those attitudes and behaviors accurately? To address this issue, Andrew Halpern-Manners, Florencia Torche, and I are using data from the Current Population Survey, the German Socioeconomic Panel, the General Social Survey, and other surveys. Part of this project was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY INFORMATION SYSTEM (SABINS)
Salvatore Saparito, David Van Riper, and I are creating a new database of school attendance boundaries for the country's largest school districts. The National Science Foundation has provided funds for work on the School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS). With the assistance of William & Mary undergraduate student researchers, our team will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to map school attendance boundaries for 800 of the largest school districts nationwide. This will allow users to map Census or ACS data onto school attendance boundaries. As a result, researchers can characterize the populations that live within those areas (and will no longer need to use census tracts or Zip Codes as proxies). This project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Andrew Halpern-Manners and John Robert Warren. “High-Stakes Testing and the Rise of the GED.” Chapter to appear in Studies of the GED Testing Program, edited by James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries and Nicholas Mader.
Warren, John Robert. “What Do Growing Childhood Socioeconomic Inequalities Mean for the Future of Inequalities in Adult Health?” Chapter to appear in Living in a High Inequality Regime, edited by David Grusky and Alair Maclean. New York: Russell Sage.
Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. “The Impact of Childhood Sickness on Adult Socioeconomic Outcomes: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.” Social Science & Medicine 75: 1531-1538.
Florencia Torche, John Robert Warren, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Eduardo Valeenzuela. 2012. “Panel Conditioning in a Longitudinal Study of Chilean Adolescents' Substance Use: Evidence from an Experiment.” Social Forces 90:891-918.
James Raymo, John Robert Warren, Megan Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and JeongHwa Ho. 2011. “Precarious Employment, Bad Jobs, Labor Unions, and Retirement.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B: 249-259.
James M. Raymo, John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeong-Hwa Ho. 2010. “Later-life Employment Preferences and Outcomes: The Role of Mid-life Work Experiences.” Research on Aging 32:419-466.
Andrew Halpern-Manners, John Robert Warren, and Jennie Brand. 2009. “Dynamic Measures of Primary and Secondary School Characteristics: Implications for School Effects Research.” Social Science Research 38:397-411.
John Robert Warren, James Raymo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Julia Goldberg. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages: New Insights on Cumulative Stratification.”
Raymo, James, John Robert Warren, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Julia Goldberg. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Health at Older Ages.”
John Robert Warren, James Raymo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Ti-Fen Yeh. “The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Mortality: New Insights on Cumulative Stratification.”
Warren, John Robert, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Florencia Torche. “Panel Conditioning in Surveys of Crime and Deviance: An Experiment.”
Warren, John Robert, Andrew Halpern-Manners, Liying Luo, James Raymo, and Alberto Palloni. “A Comparison of Alternative Methods for Describing Life Course Trajectories.”
Drew, Julia, Sarah Flood, and John Robert Warren. “Making Full Use of the Longitudinal Design of the Current Population Survey: Methods for Linking Records Across 16 Months.”
Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. “The Impact of Family Socioeconomic Resources on Childhood Health: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.”
Pudrovska, Tetyana, John Robert Warren, James Raymo, and Andrew Halpern-Manners. “Employment Histories and Cognition in Late Mid-life.”
Warren, John Robert, Laurie Knies, Steven Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. "The Role of Childhood Sickness in the Process of Intergenerational Social and Economic Mobility in the 19th Century United States."
Kennedy, Sheela, Catherine Fitch, and John Robert Warren. "Food Insecurity During Childhood: Understanding Persistence and Change Using Linked Current Population Survey Data."
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