What is the appropriate way to use WTFINL in Stata when using single year CPS data?

#1

I am using 2011 CPS data and need to apply WTFINL to correctly weight the data. I am looking at person-level results.

When I try “svyset: [pweight=wtfinl” in Stata, I get an error message saying that the PSU is invalid. I have searched high and low to find out what the correct PSU is for this data and can’t find any information. Further, I am not terribly familiar with weight in general, so I want to make sure that I have included the correct specifications for the weights (including anything regarding strata, etc.)

Thank you.

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#2

If you are simply trying to weight your data, then you should use the ‘weight’ option with any of your normal STATA commands. For example, “tab year [iweight=wtfinl]” will give you the weighted population by year for a non-Supplement sample. For more information on using weights, see the CPS training materials here.

Hope this helps.

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