Longitudinal Data from Asia

  1. The Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS)

    Main topics: Household composition, economic well-being (consumption, income, and assets); education, migration, and labor market outcomes; marriage, fertility, and contraceptive use; health status, use of health care, and health insurance; relationships among coresident and non-coresident family members; processes underlying household decision-making; transfers among family members and inter-generational mobility; and participation in community activities

    Number of waves: 4 (1993/1994, 1997/1998, 2000, and 2007/2008)

    Ages: 15 and up

    Participating institutions:
    - RAND
    - University of Gadjah Mada, Center for Population and Policy Studies
    - Survey METRE

    Availability: publicly available and can be downloaded here (registration required)

  2. The Malaysian Family Life Survey (MFLS)

    Main topics: Household composition, marriage and pregnancy history, migration, employment, education, farm and non-farm activities, income, savings and credit, expenditures, transfers, migration, community information

    Number of waves: 2 (1976/1977, 1988/1989)

    Sample:
    - Wave 1: ever married women
    - Wave 2: women aged 18-49 and a sample of older Malaysians (50 and up)

    Participating institutions:
    - RAND
    - Survey Research Malaysia, Sdn, Bhd
    - The National Population and Family Development Board of Malaysia

    Availability: publicly available and can be downloaded here (registration required)

  3. CEBU Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey

    Main topics: Household composition, housing, maternal work, schooling, household assets, income, activities of household members, media and infant feeding influences, marital relations, reproductive history, family planning practice, child health care, maternal and infant morbidity, food intake for mothers and infants, vaccination, anthropometrics

    Number of waves: 6 (1982, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005)

    Sample: Filipino women who gave birth between May 1, 1983 and April 30, 1984 and their children

    Participating institutions:
    - University of North Carolina, Carolina Population Center

    Availability: all are publicly available and can be downloaded here

  4. China Health and Nutrition Survey

    Main topics - household level: Household composition, work activities and income,drinking water, sanitation, assets, accessibly to health care
    Main topics - adults: Work activities, household chores, child care, tobacco, tea, water, caffeine, alcohol, and soft drink consumption, current functioning, use of health services, health status, marriage history, inter-generational linkages to parents, pregnancy history, fertility preferences, birth history, mass media, anthropometrics
    Main topics - children: Work activities, household chores and child care, tobacco, tea, water, caffeine, alcohol, and soft drink consumption, physical activities, body shape and mass media, diet and activity knowledge, use of health services, health status.
    Main topics - community level: Infrastructure, services and organizations, prices of food and specific living material

    Number of waves: 7 (1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006)

    Ages: all individuals in the household (1989 - health and nutritional data only for adults aged 20-45)

    Participating institutions:
    - University of North Carolina, Carolina Population Center

    Availability: all are publicly available and can be downloaded here (registration required)

  5. Chitwan Valley (Nepal) Family Study: Changing Social Contexts and Family Formation

    Main topics: Agriculture, birth control, children, child rearing, communities, commuting (travel), contraception, families, family planning, family structure, health care, health services utilization, household composition, living arrangements, marriage, neighborhoods, neighborhood characteristics, prenatal care, social change, social environment

    Number of waves: 2 (1997 and 2002)

    Ages: 15-59

    Participating institutions:
    - University of Michigan. Population Studies Center
    - University of Michigan. Survey Research Center
    - Pennsylvania State University. Population Research Institute
    - Tribhuvan University (Nepal). Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science

    Availability: publicly available and can be downloaded here (registration required; ICPSR users only)

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