I’m working on a project to examine employment status and earnings trends across 2 consecutive years in the CPS ASEC. It seems like I should be using LNKFW1YWT for my analysis to weigh my calculations in terms of the first year. I’ve looked at several IPUMS resources on this but am having trouble understanding how this works mechanically once I match people across the two years. Do I simply merge the datasets and then use the LNKFW1YWT attributed to the first year’s data entries in my analyses? Am I correct that my tabulations weighted this way would give me the number of people fitting certain conditions out of all those who were eligible to match, but that calculations surrounding average earnings or something like that should be applicable to the population at large (or my universe of analysis) in year 1?
Thank you for any help you could provide!
Edit: Should I just be using ASECWT in the same way?