SPMu_wNewHead variable in CPS IPUMS?

Hi – do you know if there is a variable indicating the household head for new SPM units? The Census uses SPMu_wNewHead as the flag, but I haven’t been able to find something similar in CPS IPUMS, even though there appear to be some new SPM units without a household head assigned. thanks! Leanne

Currently IPUMS CPS does not include any version of this variable. If this is important for your analysis, you can use the variable from the original PUMS files available from the Census Bureau or NBER. You can merge this with your IPUMS CPS dataset using one of the methods explained in this blog post.

Very good – thanks!