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Status:Closed    Asked:Sep 15, 2017 - 05:06 PM

Population living in foreign-born households

I need to calculate household size by nativity. Calculating the household size for the total population is straightforward. For this, I divided the total population in households by the total number of households. I used HHTYPE with PERWT to get the population in households and RELATE = 1 with HHWT to get the number of households.


I am having trouble with getting the population living in foreign-born households (I have the total number of foreign-born households) as a foreign-born head of household can have native-born members. Therefore, a crosstab by nativity will only produce households with only native-born OR only foreign-born members. To get the household size for foreign-born households I would need to divide the total population in households (irrespective of nativity) by the total number of foreign-born (or native-born) households. However, all combinations I have tried give me only the foreign-born population in foreign-born households.


What combinations of variables do I need to all persons in foreign-born or native-born households?


SAS or SPSS syntax would also be helpful.


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Typically with these sorts of questions, researchers define "foreign-born households" as households headed by a foreign-born individual; this may seem like an overly-simplistic but will make the analysis tractable. Additionally, you may want to consider the NUMPERHH variable, which reports how many persons lived within the household.

 

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:44 AM

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You could also look into using NUMPREC, which reports the number of person records that are included in a sampled unit. If you narrowed down your data to heads of households that were foreign born, you could then sum the number of persons per household.

 

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Thank you.


I still run into the same problem. If I create a variable of foreign-born households (RELATE = 1 AND CITIZEN GE 2) then I only get the foreign-born members in the household, not all members who any most cases are also native-born. I know that the total number of persons in foreign-born and native-born households is split evenly. In NYC, for example each should have about 4 million.


NUMPERHH is probably the variable I need, but has not been used since 1940. Is there an equivalent or a way to link all members of the household to the fb head of house regardless of nativity?

 

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You could also look into using NUMPREC, which reports the number of person records that are included in a sampled unit. If you narrowed down your data to heads of households that were foreign born, you could then sum the number of persons per household.

 

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Thanks.


I will try that.

 

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