First, thanks for your reply. Your answer brings up a several questions.
>> First, it should be noted that WTFINL corresponds with the variable PWSSWT in the raw CPS data.
>> IPUMS CPS currently does not have an analog variable corresponding to PWCMPWGT in the raw data.
First, I take it that the difference between WTFINL (PWSSWT) and PWCMPWGT is not that great especially given that the public data is a perturbed version of the official version.
Second, given how the CPS recommends using PWCMPWGT when constructing various measures associated with the labor force why isn’t there a corresponding weight in IPUMS? It’s not a trivial weight!
Third, clearly the IPUMS staff knows which raw CPS vairables are used to create the IPUMS variables. Why can’t the recipee the IPUMS staff uses be documented and made available to the public. For example, add a tab explaining the variable’s relationship to the raw CPS data. Better yet would be a CPS to IPUMS and IPUMS to CPS dictionary. I would bet that having this type of dictionary would improve IPUMS usage.