Am I correct that the post-2010 IPUMS-CPS ASEC extracts contain swap values rather than raw top topcodes or average values?
Am I correct that the 1975-2010 swap values have not been inserted ointo the IPUMS-CPS extracts, but need to be separately replaced?
Based on discussions in the user forum, e.g. here:
Harmonizing topcoding method for IPUMS CPS ASEC - should we replace incwage with incwage_swap?
about the CPS Topcode Replacement Values and here: 76-2010-file-q2160102.aspx
it seems there was some ambiguity in the proper use of the rank proximity swap values for 1975-2010 values as of 2017. Have any of these questions been clarified to you in the interim? Do you continue to suggest the methodology suggested by lgautham? Are you now able to supply instructions on the correct ways to use the swap values to get consistant income accounting for IPUMS-CPS samples? Has there been any clarification at all since the questions noted above?