Christine E. Peterson

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Senior Research Associate
Off Site Office


M.A. in economics, University of Southern California


Christine Peterson is a senior research associate at the RAND Corporation. She is the data manager for the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) and Director of Data Management for the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS), a large scale, multi-wave household and individual survey of families in Los Angeles County sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Recently she has prepared two U.S. contextual databases (one at Census tract-level and one at school district level) generated from the decennial Census and the ACS five-year estimates, one for a project on neighborhood effects on cognitive decline and the other for a project examing the outreach of the DOD STARBASE school program. Under a project out of the University of Colorado, Peterson has been involved with the follow-up Matlab Health and Socioeconomic Survey (MHSS-2) in Bangladesh, which is looking toward public release in 2017. In addition, she has been helping to produce scales and scores for the 2014 Child Development Supplement (CDS) of the PSID, buliding on work done with the LAFANS.

Through RAND Labor and Population, Peterson provides on-going data support for the Malaysian Family Life and Indonesian Family Life Surveys, the Guatemalan Survey of Family Health, the Matlab Health and Socio-Economic Survey, plus the DNORS and LAFANS. She has also analyzed survey responses for quality of retrospective data and worked on studies of the elderly, fertility-related issues, vocational training, and military manpower.

Recent Projects

  • Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey, Enhancements to Data Archive
  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Cognitive Decline
  • User support for RAND Labor and Population public use databases (IFLS, MFLS, MHSS, EGSF, LAFANS)
  • STARBASE outreach
  • Matlab Health and SocioEconomic Survey, Wave 2

Selected Publications

Peterson, Christine E., Narayan Sastry, Michael S. Rendall, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Jesse Gregory, The Displaced New Orleans Resident Survey: Overview, User's Guide, and Codebook, RAND Corporation (TL-171), 2016

Weden, Margaret M., Christine E. Peterson, Jeremy N. Miles, Regina A. Shih,, "Evaluating Linearly Interpolated Intercensal Estimates of Demographic and Socioeconomic Characteristics of U.S. Counties and Census Tracts 2001-2009," Population Research and Policy Review, 34(4), 2015

Peterson, Christine E., Anne R. Pebley, Narayan Sastry, Karen Yuhas, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Ann C. Haas, Jesse Gregory, Marianne P. Bitler, The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey, Wave 2: User's Guide and Codebook, RAND Corporation (WR-240/20), 2012

Peterson, Christine E., Anne R. Pebley, Narayan Sastry, The Los Angeles Neighborhood Services and Characteristics Database: Codebook, RAND Corporation (WR-240/12), 2007

Peterson, Christine E., Narayan Sastry, Anne R. Pebley, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Stephanie Williamson, Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey: Codebook, RAND Corporation (DRU-2400/2-1), 2004

Goldman, N., M. Weinstein, M. C. Chang, H. S. Lin, Y. L. Chuang, Y. H. Lin, et al., "2000 Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study in Taiwan: Main Documentation for SEBAS Public Use Data," ICPSR at University of Michigan, 2003

DaVanzo, Julie, Jeffrey Sine, Christine E. Peterson, John Haaga, Reversal of the Decline in Breastfeeding in Peninsular Malaysia? Ethnic and Educational Differentials and Data Quality Issues, RAND Corporation (RP-359), 1995

Haaga, John, Julie DaVanzo, Christine E. Peterson, Tey Nai Peng, Twelve-Year Follow-Up of Respondents and Their Adult Children in a Panel Survey in Peninsular Malaysia, RAND Corporation (RP-358), 1995