Making Full Use of the Longitudinal Design of the Current Population Survey: Methods for Linking Records across 16 Months

Julia A. Rivera Drew, Sarah Flood & John Robert Warren
Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) are rarely analyzed in a way that takes advantage of the CPS’s longitudinal design. This is mainly because of the technical difficulties associated with linking CPS files across months. In this paper, we describe the method we are using to create unique identifiers for all CPS person and household records from 1979 onward. These identifiers—soon to be available along with CPS basic and supplemental data as part of...
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