Question

Status:Closed    Asked:Nov 20, 2013 - 02:41 PM

Why are variables missing from the code book?

Why are variables missing from the code book? For example, PUMA, INCTOT and FINCTOT are listed at the beginning of the code book, but they are not defined. I looked through the entire code book, but they are missing from the code book altogether. These variables are include in the data set, but I need to know how they are defined in order to recode them.

 
Do you have the same question? Follow this Question
 

Staff Answer

avatar

Joe_Grover

Staff

The basic codebooks that accompany IPUMS extracts primarily display value labels. The variables that do not have value labels are not listed in the basic codebook. The variables INCTOT and FINCTOT are both dollar figures so they do not have value labels. PUMA codes represent geographic areas, but most PUMAs are not easily described using words, which is why the Codes section of the PUMA description includes links to maps and boundary files. The best source for information on how a variable is defined is the variable's description page, which includes links to codes, comparability, and question text. The DDI codebook also gives more descriptive information than the basic codebook if you prefer a single downloadable document.

I hope this helps.

 

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:48 PM

0
0
Report it

OTHER QUESTIONS NEEDING ANSWERS

I get an error code in STATA when I run the do file. Variable is defined twi...
Hello, I am downloading the 100% us 1850 file, and I cannot find a code book ...
bottom code for income variables (1980)
For my third "revised" extract, the codebook did not include SAS code for var...
Login   |   Register

Recently Active Members

View More »

Share |