The Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) is the most widely used type of Current Population Survey (CPS) data, but it is cumbersome to use the ASEC as part of a longitudinal CPS panel, especially linking to non-March months. In this paper, we detail the challenges associated with linking the ASEC to monthly CPS data, outline the creation of an identifier that links the ASEC and the March Basic Monthly data from 1989 through 2017, and provide substantive examples that illustrate the value of combining the ASEC with monthly data. The variable, MARBASECID, which we created to link ASEC and March monthly CPS data, represents a significant contribution to social and economic data infrastructure, saving individual researchers from having to duplicate the effort required to create linkages between ASEC and monthly CPS data. © 2017 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
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Export Date: 26 December 2018
Correspondence Address: Flood, S.M.; Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, 50 Willey Hall, 225 19th Ave S, United States; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding details: University of Maryland, UMD, R01HD053654
Funding details: University of Maryland, UMD, Z195701
Funding details: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NICHD
Funding details: University of Minnesota, UM, P2C HD041023
Funding details: Center for Produce Safety, CPS
Funding text 1: We thank Camilo Bohorquez, Maggie Charleroy, Julia Drew, Marina Gorsuch, Joe Grover, and Gina Rumore for helpful feedback on earlier versions of this paper. We also thank Ben Klaas for developing software to link the ASEC to monthly CPS data. This study was supported by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota (P2C HD041023) and the Data Extract Builder of the American Time Use Survey (University of Maryland, R01HD053654; University of Minnesota, Z195701), both funded through grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
- Current Population Survey
- data infrastructure
- data integration
- panel data