Submission Deadline for Advanced Workshop On The SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB)

The Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and the United States Census Bureau invite applications to participate in a four-day workshop, August 8-11, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This advanced workshop will introduce participants to the use of the Survey of Income and Program Participation Synthetic Beta (SSB) and provide hands-on applications to prepare them to conduct their own SSB-based research.

The SIPP Synthetic Beta (SSB) is a Census Bureau data product that integrates person-level micro-data from a household survey (SIPP survey data) with W-2 earnings and OASDI benefits data. Census has synthesized the data to preserve the underlying covariate relationships between variables while protecting respondent confidentiality. Unlike the original, administrative data, the SSB is publicly available.

To Apply
Applications will be accepted from faculty, postdoctoral fellows, advanced doctoral students, federal, state and local-level policy and research analysts, researchers at non-profit organizations, and others who would benefit from this workshop. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Emerging scholars (Assistant Professors, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Advanced Doctoral Students) working at universities and colleges that do not offer instruction in the use of SIPP.
  • Members of groups historically under-represented in the social sciences. Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit their proposal via email to Proposals must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 27, 2016. Items 1 through 3 of this application should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes the following elements, in the order listed below:

  1. Cover sheet indicating you are applying for the SIPP SSB Workshop, with your name and institutional affiliation with mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  2. Curriculum vita or resume
  3. Brief summary of your current research or analysis activities and how these relate to your proposed SIPP SSB project (about 2 pages)
  4. As a separate pdf document, please submit the Census Bureau Application to use the SSB, including a brief description of the project to be undertaken and list of variables to be used.
    Applications can be found at A codebook for the SSB can be found at .
    Please note that the SSB does not contain all variables released in the public use SIPP but rather contains a subset of SIPP variables linked to administrative data.

Direct Questions to:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 PM Eastern Time on May 27, 2016. Selected applicants will be notified no later than Friday, June 10, 2016.

This workshop is part of the NSF-Census Research Network project of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. It is funded by National Science Foundation Grant No. SES 1131500.

For more information, please see and

May 27, 2016, 5:00pm EDT
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States