is there a way to detertime if a person is a parent?

I need to identify if a person has ever been father or mother, even if the child doesn’t live in the same household anymore. Is it possible to do this, using IPUMS USA 2017?

I know about NCHILD (Number of own children in the household), but I’m interested in knowing if the individual has ever been a parent.


There is a variable available for the number of children ever born (CHBORN) in IPUMS USA. Unfortunately, this variable is not available beyond 1990.

I would recommend looking into what is available through the IPUMS CPS Fertility and Marriage supplement. This supplement has a variety of fertility related variables, including FEVER, the number of live births ever had.