Status:Closed    Asked:Oct 09, 2017 - 03:28 PM

How can i identify if data entries for an individual were reported by the actual person being asked the question?

I would like to identify whether reported income amounts (such as inctot) were actually reported by the person being asked the question or whether the inctot data that is in the Census was given by a proxy repsondent (such as a spouse, etc.) Is there a way to determine whether people were the actual respondents to the question or whether the data reported for them were entered by a proxy respondent ?

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For 1990 Census and 2000-2011 ACS samples.


Oct 09, 2017 - 03:30 PM

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For ACS data 2000-2011 samples there are data quality flag variables that indicate if income responses are given directly by the respondent or if the value has been edited or allocated in some way. These can generally be found under the "Flags" tab of the INCTOT variable, and other variables. Specifically, the data quality flag for INCTOT is QINCTOT.


Oct 11, 2017 - 09:36 AM

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