TLDR: Is there an example to join the IPUMS MEPS Full Consolidated Files with any of the MEPS Events files?
The IPUMS MEPS Full Consolidated Files, at the most aggregated level, are at an annual level. So for each
MEPSID primary key, there are two rows.
What will be the best way to join the Consolidated File and any Events File. I have written two options, please suggest a better one if these are not good enough.
Option1: Can I use a combination of
MEPSID+YEAR from the full consolidated files and then
DUPERSID+PANEL+xxDATEYEAR from the events file?
Option2: Can I use a combination of
MEPSIDRD+ROUNDRD from the full consolidated files at round level and then
DUPERSID+PANEL+EVENTRN from the events file?