Data in China

Below are links to micro survey data sets useful for research in China: from labor supply, education, health, to family dynamics, aging, household finance, et cetera.

CFPS (China Family Panel Studies): It is usually regarded as the Chinese version of PSID. As an on-going biennial survey starting from 2010, it contains comprehensive variables of demographics, work, health, financials, and attitudes at individual, family, and community levels.

CHARLS ( China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study): It is a high-quality panel data on health, social-economic status, job and retirement, and family network, with a particular focus on aging individuals at least 45 years old. This biennial survey started in 2011 and with a Life History Survey in 2014.

CHFS (China Household Finance Survey): This survey collects longitudinal data on micro-level data on household income, expenses, assets, liabilities, insurance and securities, population, and employment. Currently available waves are 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

CGSS (Chinese General Social Survey): This nationally representative survey traces changes in the relationship between social structure and quality of life in rural and urban China, since 2003. Note that it is a repeated cross-sectional survey.

CLDS (China Labor-force Dynamic Survey): This is the first longitudinal data that targets labor force dynamics in China, starting from 2012 and takes place every two years.

CHNS (China Health and Nutrition Survey): This is the most extended panel data available in China with a particular focus on health and nutrition of individuals. It started in the year 1989, and the newest wave in 2015 is published for research.

CLHLS (Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity survey): This is a longitudinal data paying particular attention to the oldest-old individuals. It contains healthy, social-economic status, family information. Currently, available data covers the period between 1998 and 2014.

CHIP (Chinese Household Income Project): This project is aiming at providing a measure of individual income distribution in China. It collects comprehensive income and expenditures information.

CEPS (China Education Panel Study): This survey focuses on the students who were the 7th and 9th graders in the 2013-2014 academic year in the baseline wave, and the follow-up data were collected in the 2014-2015 academic year. This project contains 5 different questionnaires to the sample students, parents, homeroom teachers, main subject teachers who are not the homeroom teacher, and school administrators.

Population Census data: Researchers can apply online from Tsinghua China Data Center or China Data Institute (previously known as China Data Center at the University of Michigan).

NTUS (National Time Use Study, 2008): This is a national representative time use survey. All household members aged from 15 to 74 are asked to document a 24-hour diary.