Status:Closed    Asked:Oct 24, 2016 - 02:17 PM

Is the data from IPUMS already merged and matched by household?

I found many methods to merge and match data of CPS. I wonder if the data I download from IPUMS is already merged or matched by household. Or it's still original data which I need to merge and match by myself.

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Jeff Bloem


Each record in the IPUMS-CPS data is a person, however in most samples persons are able to be organized into households. This makes it possible to study household characteristics. On the IPUMS-CPS website variables are grouped by either the household or person level. If you select household level variables, the variables will download already merged with person level variables. Here is a FAQ about how IPUMS data is "rectangularized".


Oct 25, 2016 - 09:08 AM

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