Status:Closed    Asked:Mar 28, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Why are some observations classified as SPM poor even though SPM resources are greater than SPM poverty threshold?

In 2016 ASEC (but not 2012-2015 surveys) some observations with SPMPOV=1 have SPMTOTRES>SPMTHRESH. This doesn't seem to be a rounding issue because in one case total resources are almost 5% above the threshold. What am I doing wrong?

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Jeff Bloem


You are not doing anything wrong. Actually the Census Bureau has recently released a new version of the SPM variables for 2016, which fixes the issues you highlight. These revisions will be reflected in the next IPUMS CPS data release.


Mar 31, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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