The Young Lives survey is a long-term project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India (in Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam. The aim of the project is to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of childhood poverty and examine how policies affect children’s well-being. The Young Lives study aims to track the lives of 12,000 children over a 15-year period, surveyed once every 3-4 years:
- Round 1 of Young Lives surveyed two groups of children in each country, at 1 year old and 5 years old.
- Round 2 returned to the same children who were then aged 5 and 12 years old.
- Round 3 surveyed the same children again at aged 7-8 years and 14-15 years
- Round 4 surveyed them at 12 and 19 years old. Thus the younger children are being tracked from infancy to their mid-teens and the older children through into adulthood, when some will become parents themselves.
The Constructed Files of Young Lives data has been deposited with the UK Data Service to facilitate analysis of the household and child survey data across the 4 rounds of data collected to date. The files contain about 200 original and constructed variables, most of them comparable across the four rounds, presented in a panel format and classified in four broad groups: panel information, general characteristics, household characteristics, and child characteristics.
Technical Note 35 accompanies the data - Young Lives Rounds 1 to 4 Constructed Files: Technical Note 35
Boyden, J. (2016). Young Lives: an International Study of Childhood Poverty: Rounds 1-4 Constructed Files, 2002-2014. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7483, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7483-2