I am trying to pin down the definition of “householder” in CPS. In the FAMREL variable description, IPUMS includes the following definition:
“Each CPS household has one person designated as the householder, who is the person in whose name the housing unit is rented or owned.”
In a technical notes document on the BLS site (https://www.bls.gov/cps/eetech_method…), they include the following description:
“A householder is the person (or one of the persons) in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented. The term is never applied to either husbands or wives in married-couple families but relates only to persons in families maintained by either men or women without a spouse.”
This definition makes it seem like householder only applies to some households - can you help clarify this difference in the definition? How is the identity of the householder determined in IPUMS CPS? Also, if there is more than one name on a lease, how would the primary renter be determined?