I’m hoping to calculate retirement coverage (using the PENSION variable from the ASEC) by county. Previously, I’d only been doing state-level analysis because I thought that was as low a geographic location as the CPS could accomodate. But then, I saw that there is a COUNTY variable in the CPS. In particular, I’m hoping to find retirement coverage for a few counties (ex. Lancaster County, PA [COUNTY code 42071]).
- Is it possible to do county-level analysis reliably? (I’m having troubling just replicating Lancaster County’s total population as a gut check).
- If so, what weight should be applied (WTFINL or HWTFINL).
- And lastly, can I analyze ASEC data (e.g., the PENSION variable) at the county level? And if so, what is the appropriate weight to use: WTFINL/HWTFINL or ASECWT/ASECHWT?
Thanks so much!