Status:Closed    Asked:Sep 26, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Does IPUMS have the SSPA quality flag in the 2012 ACS sample?

In 2012, the ACS created a quality flag called SSPA that was used to indicate if a same sex couple's maritial status was changed from married to unmarried. Does IPUMS have this flag? If so what variable can it be found under?

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Jeff Bloem


Yes, IPUMS includes this flag. It can be found under the QRELATE variable. This is a flag for the RELATE variable, which describes an individual's relationship to the head of the household. In ACS samples a "9" in the QRELATE flag variable indicates that a same sex spouse was changed to an unmarried partner.


Sep 27, 2016 - 09:01 AM

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