I have a sort of twofold question about the EMPSAME variable and the information provided in the “Description” and “Universe” sections in the codebook (here: https://cps.ipums.org/cps-action/vari…).
Under “Description,” the codebook says, “EMPSAME indicates whether or not the respondent was employed by the same employer and the same job he/she reported working as his/her main job in the previous month’s survey.”
Under “Universe,” the codebook says, “Employed persons not in month-in-sample 1 or 5, and were employed last month.”
However, I am able to find in the data respondents who answered “yes”/“no”, etc, to this question in their month-in-samples 1 and 5. Is this a mistake in the data? Otherwise, should the universe actually be all individuals who were employed in the last month?
And if the latter is true, should we interpret the question in month in sample 5 as the same employer, relative to the previous month, or the same employer, relative to month-in-sample 4?
Thank you! This is important to me because I am trying to do a study where I take individuals who participated in the ASEC twice, so that I have two points of income data for them. I would then like to find whether they have changed employers between the two points, so any information on this detail would be helpful.