Social Genome Model 2.0: Technical Documentation and User's Guide

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Social Genome Model 2.0: Technical Documentation and User's Guide


The Social Genome Model (SGM) is a lifecycle model that uses data from three longitudinal surveys to track a matched panel of individuals from birth to age 30. The goal is to understand how private sector and public policy interventions could improve lifetime outcomes of children and young adults. The model also allows researchers to track patterns of development across different gender and race/ethnicity groups. This technical document outlines the process of creating the model and how to use it.


This report was corrected on September 17, 2021. On page 27, in table 7, the values for lifetime earnings were incorrect because of a coding error. Lifetime earnings were $652,342 (not $652,954) prior to intervention and $680,460 (not $683,696) after intervention, resulting in a difference of $28,119 (not $30,742). Also, in the Social Genome Model Data Dictionary (table A.4, page 38), the descriptions for “asks mother advice” and “asks father advice” were edited to omit “career plans,” “relationship decisions,” and “financial decisions,” which are not decisions covered by these metrics.

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