REPWTP, PERWT04, EARNWT, WTSUPP which should I use with CPS?


#1

I am using CPS data from 1990 to 2015 with the ASEC Supplement. I am unsure of which weights to use or if I should use all four weights I different times?

First I run the command

svyset [iw=wtsupp], sdrweight(repwtp1-repwtp160) vce(sdr)

do I then include both the EARNWT AND WTSUPP and PERWT04 weights in my analysis that follows?

Also, should I create a group variable with PRENUM, SERIAL and YEAR?

I am using the hourwage variable from the ASEC supplement for individual level analysis in Stata 13.

Thank you.

Deborah


#2

Since you are interested in the HOURWAGE variable, which is part of the Outgoing Rotation Group/Earner Study questionnaire, you will need to use the EARNWT weight variable in place of WTSUPP in your svyset command. You can then use the svy: commands to generate estimates. IPUMS-CPS also has more information about available weights and replicate weights that may be helpful.

I hope this helps.