Explanation of the EMPSTATSA Variable in the IHIS data.


I am trying to recode the EMPSTATSA variable in the IHIS data set and am confused about a category.

Can someone please clarify category 2 of this variable for me? The codebook states:

2 With job or business, not at work

What does this mean? Is it self-employment? Or something else?

Thank you for your assistance!



This code does not indicate self-employment, rather it indicates that the respondent has a job but for some reason was not at work last week. In the NHIS survey the reference period for these work variables is “last week”, so these categories are important for avoiding extrapolating irregularities within the reference period.