L.A.FANS Public Use Data
L.A.FANS-1 Public Use Data
The Public Use Data contain treated individual characteristics. This means that some data are top-coded (e.g. income) or coded in broader categories (e.g. ethnicity), as described in the L.A.FANS-1 codebook. The Public Use Data exclude detailed information that is likely to enable indirect identification of L.A.FANS respondents. Some items listed in the questionnaires, such as employer names and addresses, will not be included in any version of the data. See the L.A.FANS-1 codebook for information about individual variables.
Data collection for L.A.FANS-1 began in April 2000 and ended in mid-January 2002. The L.A.FANS-1 Public Use Data are available from this website (see the registration link below).
For those who already have L.A.FANS-1 data, SAS and Stata code to assign variable formats is available here.
The occupation and industry codes released in the L.A.FANS-1 data were based on the 1990 Census codes, a system that was completely changed for the 2000 Census. To ensure consistent comparison with codes assigned for jobs in L.A.FANS-2, the L.A.FANS-1 occupation and industry descriptions were recoded using standard occupational coding procedures with the 2000 Census codes. L.A.FANS-2 data were also coded with the 2000 Census codes. The job records with these new occupation and industry codes are available as separate files, one for the Adult module and one for the EHC module, on the Public Use Data Files download page. These files can be linked to the L.A.FANS-1 public use files ADULT1 and EHC1. Those who already have L.A.FANS-1 data and are thus registered users can go to the download page below and re-download the SAS or Stata zip files and then extract the occupation and industry code files from them.
For those who have previously obtained L.A.FANS-1 data from ICPSR, please be aware that the data file names used in the RAND L.A.FANS-1 documentation are not used by ICPSR. A crosswalk between the filenames used by RAND versus those used by ICPSR is available for your convenience.
L.A.FANS-2 Public Use Data
The final version of the L.A.FANS-2 Public Use Data is available through this website. Individual characteristics in the L.A.FANS Public Use Data are "treated" to prevent indirect identification of respondents; please see the L.A.FANS-2 User's Guide and Codebook for information. Unlike in Wave 1, descriptions of individual variables in each L.A.FANS-2 Public Use Data file are found in separate codebook text files that accompany each data file.
Occupation and industry codes have now been assigned for the jobs in the Adult and EHC modules of the L.A.FANS-2 data. These codes are based on those used in the 2000 Census. The job records with these codes are available as separate files, one for the Adult module and one for the employment section of the EHC module, on the Public Use Data Files download page. These files can be linked to the ADULT2 and EMPLOY2 public use data files. Those who already have L.A.FANS-2 data and are thus registered users can go to the download page below to get these occupation and industry code files.
Obtaining L.A.FANS Public Use Data
Researchers using the Public Use Data agree not to distribute the data to other persons outside of their project. Others who are interested in obtaining a copy of the Public Use Data should register and obtain their own copy.
Data librarians and archivists must meet specific conditions to include the public use data in their collections.
In registering for L.A.FANS Public Use Data at RAND, users will have access to both the Wave 1 and Wave 2 Public Use Data. Users do not need to register separately for each wave. Public Use Data users who have already registered for L.A.FANS-1 can use their original passcodes to access L.A.FANS-2.