I would like to extract all current variables from 2021’s CPS data that is currently in the data dictionary file on the census website.
However, going through the IPUMS data extraction tool to select all 392 variables in painstaking. Is there a better way to select or extract this data through IPUMS?
With that said, could I just use the data off of the census website (since it’s technically coming from the same source). The disadvantages I see with this approach are:
- Data is not harmonized if I want multiple years
- Custom parsing and matching data dictionaries is required for each Basic CPS Monthly dataset.
Open to thoughts and comments on both questions.