Hey IPUMS Time Use users,
I understand that SPEARNWEEK in ATUS reports the spouse’s earnings at the time of the CPS interview (not at the ATUS interview). It follows that respondents that did not have a spouse present in the household at the time of the CPS interview will have a blank value in SPEARNWEEK (99999.98) even if they did have a spouse by the time of the ATUS survey. My question is whether spouses that were present but reported 0 earnings in the CPS interview (were non-employed at the time) are also included as blank (99999.98) in the ATUS survey? Looking at the distribution of the variable (2003-2019 files) I see only 130 0 value cases, which I think is too low to include all the non-employed spouses at the time of the CPS interview.
If the non-employed spouses are indeed included in 99999.98, is there any way to distinguish between respondents that at the time of CPS survey had a non-employed spouse and those who did not have a spouse present at all? I could not find any spouse-employment variable referring to the CPS interview anywhere but I’m hoping I just missed it.
Your answer will be much appreciated and thank you for your time in any case.