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. She is working with a RAND sociologist in preparing a U.S. Census tract-level database of neighborhood characteristics generated from the 2000 Census and the ACS 2005-2009 five-year estimates for a project on neighborhood effects on cognitive decline that is using the respondents from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS). Peterson is involved in a follow-up Matlab Health and Socioeconomic Survey (MHSS-2) in Bangladesh that began fieldwork in fall 2012, under a project out of the University of Colorado.

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, and the Matlab Health and Socio-Economic Survey. 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)
  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey
  • Matlab Health and SocioEconomic Survey, Wave 2

Selected Publications

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, Christine E. Peterson, Nathan Jones, How Well do Desired Fertility Measures for Wives and Husbands Predict Subsequent Fertility, RAND Corporation (DRU-3013), 2003

Peterson, Christine E., Julie DaVanzo, Why Are Teenagers in the United States Less Likely to Breastfeed Than Older Women?RAND Corporation (RP-184), 1996

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