I am relatively new to data analysis and am looking to analyze the Food Security Supplement and the December core of the CPS over four years (05, 09, 13, 17) on the household level and am a bit confused on how to use and treat the weights in Stata. I have read the USDA’s technical documentation and the IPUMS pages on weights used in the ASEC, but am quite confused and not able to translate this for the use of the FSS and the core module. Could you advise me on how to set this data in Stata with consideration to the weights (svyset?)? Do I also still need to recalculate these (such as: replace fshwtscale = fshwtscale / 10000)? Furthermore, there are several weight variables in this data set, such as hwtfinl, fshwtscale, wtfinl, fssuppwt to list a few, how do these weights need to implemented into the analysis? Do they have to be integrated into commands for descriptive statistics and regressions?
Any help is greatly appreciated!