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AGE reports the individual's exact age, calculated from date of birth, as of the last day (12/31) of the survey year.


Date of birth and age were asked for each reporting unit member, and then exact age was calculated from date of birth. Where the calculated age and the age provided did not match, inconsistencies were reviewed and resolved. When date of birth was not provided, but age was provided, the month and year of birth were assigned randomly from among the possible valid options. For any cases still not accounted, age was imputed using:
(1) the mean age difference between MEPS participants with certain family relationships (where available) or
(2) the mean age value for MEPS participants.


AGE is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

085: Top code for 85 years or older (2001-forward)
090: Top code for 90 years or older (1996-2000)
996: Missing


The values for AGE are consistent over time, except for changes in topcodes. The top-coded value was 90 (age 90+) for 1996-2000 and 85 (age 85+) for 2001 forward.


  • 1996-2021: All persons eligible for data collection on the last day of the survey year according to ELIG1231.


  • 1996-2021



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