Status:Closed    Asked:Nov 06, 2018 - 08:47 AM

2017 Poverty using the 2018 ASEC

I'm trying to replicate the IPUMS results for official poverty in 2017 (ASEC survey year 2018) from Table 1 here.

I'm interpreting the table to be saying that using OFFPOV should yield a poverty rate of 12.3%.

Yet in Stata, if I restrict the universe to OFFPOVUNIV = 1 and weight by ASECWT, I get a poverty rate of 12.7% using this command:

tabulate offpov if offpovuniv == 1 [iw=asecwt]

Am I omitting a crucial filter here?

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Jeff Bloem


Hmm. I am not entirely sure what is causing the discrepancy you note here. I just downloaded the 2018 ASEC sample and ran the same command you show above. I find that 12.3 percent of the sample is "below the poverty line". Perhaps something is happening between your download and when you run this command that is causing the discrepancy.


Nov 06, 2018 - 10:24 AM

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