This public use data file contains jobs-level data from the 2018 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC). Released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements and in SAS transport format, this public use file provides information collected on a nationally representative sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States during the calendar year 2018. The file contains job-level information collected in Round 3-5 for Panel 22 and Rounds 1-3 for Panel 23 of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2018); it includes variables pertaining to household-reported jobs, including wages, hours, industry, and occupation.
Starting in 2018, instead of the XPORT engine, the CPORT procedure is used to create MEPS Public Use Files (PUFS)
in transport format (excluding the 2018 Point-in-Time file, HC-036, and HC-036BRR). These CPORT data files
(.ssp) cannot be read directly into R or Stata at this time. The ASCII (.dat) data file format can be used
instead, along with the corresponding instructions found in the 'Programming Statements' files. In addition,
SAS users must use the CIMPORT procedure to restore the transport files (.ssp) into SAS data sets. For more
details on loading MEPS PUFs into R, SAS, and Stata, please visit the
MEPS GitHub page.
*The PDF version of the codebook is recommended for printing; the HTML version is database driven and lets you navigate quickly to details on each variable.
**Right-click on the data file link, then select Save Target As or Save Link As to download the file.