Is there any way to get age at first marriage or year of first marriage for the CPS after 1971 using IPUMS?


I would like to be able to isolate newlyweds in the CPS for the years 1980-present. I believe that year of first marriage was asked during some of these years, and I was wondering if there’s any way to get his data using IPUMS. Thanks!



I am afraid that IPUMS-CPS does not have a variable comparable to AGEMARR (which is available in the 1962, 1965, and 1967-1971 March Samples) available after 1971. IPUMS-USA, which provides data from the U.S. Decennial Censuses and the American Community Survey (ACS), has a comparable AGEMARR variable, available in the 1930, 1940, 1960, 1970, and 1980 Decennial Censuses. IPUMS-USA also has the variables YRMARR (Year last married), MARRINYR (Married in last 12 months), and MARRNO (Number of times married), for the 2008-onward ACS samples.

Unfortunately, I am unaware of any way to consistently identify newlyweds over the entire time period you are interested in.