The US Census Bureau's survey of income and program participation (SIPP) has, among others, the following variables:
epdtbhn: Paid job during the reference period
ersnowrk: Main reason for not having a job during the reference period
tpmsum*: Earnings from job received in this month
eeno*: Across-wave employer index/number Unique job number that will remain the same from wave to wave.
Now, I'm looking at the following individual from the 2008 wave:
br ssuid ersnowrk epdjbthn tpmsum* eeno* if ssuid == "019925011535"
- In May 2012, that individual was reported as Unable to find work,
epdjbthn == No.
- In the next month,
epdtbhn == Yes: He/she had a job (consistent with
ersnowrk == Not In Universe). However, all the employment variables (
eeno*) are also all
not in Universe.
This is clearly inconsistent data. The allocation flag for
epdjbthn says that the data was not imputed. The allocation flag for the employment variables is meaningless (as they are not in universe). Does this mean I can rely on the person to have found an actual job, even if none of the other employment variables are speaking towards it?