Calculating a more comprehensive NILF variable


Our goal is to create a multi-category NILF variable with the following reasons for NILF: Caring for family/home; disabled/ill; In school; Other; and Retired. We think it may be possible to achieve this using a combination of WNLOOK, EMPSTAT, and NILFACT. Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance,


Given your breakdown, you should be able to construct this using only NILFACT and EMPSTAT. I wouldn’t recommend including WNLOOK as this is not meant to be a “reason for not being in the labor force” per se but instead an intermediate question that goes into the classification of the main reason. You will find WNLOOK and NILFACT appear to be in conflict for some cases; NILFACT is the preferred variable in these cases.

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Thank you for the clarification.