In producing the fields IPUMS has developed to enable consistent household matching in the CPS, has there been any effort to see if individuals in matching households also match? If so, is there anything in the IPUMS-CPS data that indicates individuals that do or do not match?
On a less ambitious note, have you tried to identify households that match despite having no matching individuals? Have you attempted to see if the householder, the person who forms the central node of your family relationship variables, is different over time? Again, if so, is there anything added to the data that identifies such households or such householders?
If I want to check these things myself, it would be useful to have some estimate of the frequency with which various individual variables are misreported, or are inconsistently reported. Have you made any attempt to measure these error rates? Are you aware of anyone who has?
Are there particular variables beyond the obvious (age, race/Hispanic, sex) that you would recommend as being particularly valuable in making such individual identifications?