I have been conducting some research with colleagues that has us looking at the rate of recipiency and average dollar value of different transfers across household types. For this research, we are using the CPS ASEC files across years ranging from 1994-2017. I noticed in doing some analysis that across years, the average value of the SCHLLUNCH variable for recipient households without children is greater than ‘0’. This was puzzling, as the SCHLLUNCH variable measures the family market value of the free and reduced lunch program; without children, how could households receive this source of income?
Digging a bit deeper, I looked at just the 2000 ASEC and found that a sizable number of households with respondents that replied “No, children did not receive free or reduced price lunch,” and therefore received a value of ‘2’ for the LUNCHSUB variable, also had an income of greater than $0 for the variable SCHLLUNCH.
In 2000, 25,869 out of 133,710 respondents reported some value greater than $0 for SCHLLUNCH despite also stating that “No, children did not receive free or reduced price lunch.” (See attached Stata output photo.) This is 19.3% of all respondents in the ASEC!
Does the IPUMS Staff have any insight on this? Thanks in advance!