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Are there replicate weights or is there a strata variable for the October CPS?

I am using a panel dataset of the CPS October supplement from 2003 - 2013. I want to be sure to get unbiased and efficient standard errors, but I cannot figure out the best way to account for the sampling design of the CPS in Stata. I am very familiar with svyset in Stata, but I can't find a strata variable in the CPS.

(1) Are there replicate weights for the October supplement? Or, (2) do a primary sampling unit and strata variable exist that can be used to svyset the data?

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Jeff Bloem


Unfortunately the CPS does not provide primary sampling unit information and IPUMS has never released non-ASEC replicate weights before. We have documentation on IPUMS provided replicate weights for March ASEC samples, but it seems that you'll need different replicate weights for a different month's supplement. An alternative may be to use the replicate weight files provided by NBER. They have dedicated files for October supplement replicate weights, but only for years 2010-2015. They also have documentation and instructions for using non-March ASEC household and person replicate weights.


Jan 27, 2017 - 11:48 AM

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