MEPS HC-028: 1998 Full Year Consolidated Data File
Update #4: 11/22/13
STATA Programming Statements have been added.
Update #3: 12/12/07
The variable FOODCT98 on the HC-028 data file should not be used because it is based on an invalid question in the survey instrument. This question asks "About how much did the family pay each month for food stamps?" when in fact, as of 1979, the food stamp program no longer maintained a purchase requirement. All responses are considered invalid.
Update #2: 04/18/03
HC-028 document has been updated to include the following information.
There was an error in editing the variables PLYLIM42, CANTPL42,
and SPCPRO42 and the data for these variables are incorrect on
this file and should not be used. If you want to use any of these
variables then you must re-edit PLYLIM42, CANTPL42, and SPCPRO42
according to the updated documentation instructions for these
variables in the paragraph Play Limitations (Children Age 4 and
under) in Section 188.8.131.52 Children's Health Status. That is:
a person aged 4 or under had no activity limitations (i.e., LIMACT42=2),
then PLYLIM42, CANTPL42, and SPCPRO42 should be
recoded to -1 (Inapplicable).
document file has been updated to correct the following error
on page D-39: the final weight variables WTDPER98 and WTFAMF98
were incorrectly described as "Preliminary." The
correct labels are as follows:
WEIGHTS VARIABLES - PUBLIC
||Final 1998 Family Weight