The CNEF files have been a decades long project that wouldn't have been possible without the support, dedication, and hard work of all of our partners across the globe. Their support to this day is a fundamental part of our expansion and maintenance of this project.
Our cross-national data are designed to allow researchers of any level to access panel data for whatever analysis they so choose. Simplified versions of the panel data are available to researchers not experienced with this kind of work while experienced researchers can access guidelines for the formulation of equivalent variables across any number of countries they desire. Most importantly, the equivalent file provides a set of constructed variables that are derived from and not directly available on the original surveys. Since the Cross-National Equivalent file can be merged with the original surveys, PSID-CNEF users can easily incorporated these constructed variables into their already existing analyses.
The Cross-National Equivalent File, or CNEF, is a project that was originally started by Dr. Richard Burkhauser during his time at Cornell University. Together with Dr. Dean Lillard, as well as many other researchers, the project has continued to develop and expand, relocating to The Ohio State University with Dr. Lillard who is the current Primary Investigator of the project.
We designed the CNEF data files with both novice and experienced users in mind. Our data allow new cross-national researchers access a simplified version of each panel data set. This lowers the learning curve, and allows more people to do panel data analysis. Meanwhile, our more experienced users have additional options. CNEF provides experienced panel data users with guidelines to formulate cross-national equivalent variables.
It's important to note that CNEF provides variables that are not immediately available in original surveys. For example, CNEF has pre- and post-government income, and U.S. and international household equivalence weights in our data set.
We hope that you find our data useful, and we will be happy to answer questions related to using our data.
Citation of any publications, reports, or papers using CNEF data can be reported on the 'Bibliography' page of this website and should include the following citation:
In Text: "The Cross-National Equivalent File project is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (Grant: 5-R01AG040213-10) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Grants: 1-R03HD091871-01, 1-R03HD100924-01) and was conducted by The Ohio State University."
In Reference: "Cross-National Equivalent File. Produced and distributed by The Ohio State University with funding from the National Institute on Aging (Grant: 5-R01AG040213-10) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Grants: 1-R03HD091871-01, 1-R03HD100924-01), Columbus, OH."