Source variable for RETCONT

Hi there,

RETCONT gives the dollar amount for retirement account contributions in the last year. Where is the predecessor, which shows individuals who had an account in the first place? The IPUMS description implies there is a variable that identifies all records who had an account, even if they did not contribute.

“For respondents who report having a retirement account in the previous year, RETCONT indicates how much money the respondent contributed to this account. Respondents are instructed not to include money that was reinvested from other retirement accounts.”

Thank you!

That question is currently available as the unharmonized variable UH_RETCBYN_A1.

Thank you!