Is it possible to aggregate IPUMS OCC2010 codes so they are comparable with ATUS-X OCC2 codes?


#1

I’m attempting to aggregate data for occupations using analyses in both IPUMS and ATUS-X. It appears at a glance that the ATUS-X OCC2 codes are just aggregations of the broad categories described (but not coded) in the IPUMS OCC2010 variable. Can I safely roll up the IPUMS categories so these groups are comparable? If not, is there any mapping that would allow me to compare data from both surveys, over time?


#2

Yes, it seems that the OCC2 codes in ATUS-X are mostly the broad aggregated categories found in the OCC2010 variable in IPUMS USA. There are a few exceptions, where the OCC2 codes include two of the categories of OCC2010, but these instances shouldn’t impact what you are trying to do.


#3

Great, that’s what I thought. Thanks for the quick response! I owe you one!