“The National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation of patterns, predictors, and consequences of midlife development in the areas of physical health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility.”

The data captured in the MIDUS survey of thousands of individuals over two decades is invaluable for research into demography, epidemiology, and sociology via linkage of psychological factors to demographic variables.

Midlife Development in the United States

Access to MIDUS

Access to the MIDUS data is free and open to the general public. However, to download the raw data, you must belong to a member institution.

Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) data has been used in the following works of entrepreneurship research

  • Obschonka, M., & Schmitt-Rodermund, E. (2013). The gender Gap in Entrepreneurship and the Big Five Traits: A three- Country Analysis. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2013(1), 17499. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2013.17499abstract
  • Obschonka, M., & Stuetzer, M. (2017). Integrating psychological approaches to entrepreneurship: the Entrepreneurial Personality System (EPS). Small Business Economics, 49(1), 203–231. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9821-y
  • Hamilton, B. H., Papageorge, N. W., & Pande, N. (2019). The right stuff? Personality and entrepreneurship. Quantitative Economics, 10(2), 643–691. https://doi.org/10.3982/qe748
  • Manchiraju, S. (2020). Psychometric evaluation of the Ryff’s Scale of psychological wellbeing in self-identified American entrepreneurs. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 14, e00204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2020.e00204
  • Nikolaev, B., Lerman, M., & Mueller, B. (2020). Entrepreneurship, Coping, and Eudaimonic Well-Being. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020(1), 13551. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2020.115