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st: RE: SIPP survey in stata - calculations

From   Jimmy Jin <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: RE: SIPP survey in stata - calculations
Date   Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:02:08 -0500


First of all, I recommend getting SIPP data from the NBER SIPP repository, which has Stata do/dct files ready-made so you don't accidentally mess up the first step of importing the data:

Second of all, you do need to use weights. The weight variable at the person level is WPFINWGT. You can apply the weight as a probability weight using summarize or tabulate, or you can sum the weight variable itself over the group you're interested in to obtain a rough estimate.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Tharshini Thangavelu
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2011 2:30 PM
Subject: st: SIPP survey in stata - calculations

Hi statalist,

Have someone worked with the SIPP = U.S Survey of Income and Program Participation, Topical Module wave 3 year 2008

I have few questions concerning the data. When you work with the SIPP, do I have to take into account the weighting procedure when I want to calculate indicators. 

Ex: I want to calculate the nr of people and the percentage of working age who are employed and are included in a retirement plan offered on their job and not through the social security. 

If anyone who can provide me with their knowledge to understand the SIPP data set, I would be more than happy.

Thanks in advance !

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