Hey IPUMS user forum,
Reading the description of the marital status variable of ATUS, it seems that this information was drawn from the last CPS interview (might explain some of the discrepancies between MARST and SPOUSEPRES). Is this correct? If so, why doesn’t this variable, and others like it (e.g., BPL and CITIZEN), have a _CPS8 suffix? I understand there are no equivalent variables collected at the ATUS interview but that is also true for other variables that do have the suffix (e.g., UNION_CPS8). Are there any differences between suffixed and non-suffixed variables that come from the CPS8 data?
Thank you very much for your time and help,