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Reference person of annualized family


FAMREFPYR indicates if the person is the reference person of the MEPS annualized family. In general, the reference person is defined as the household member, age 16 of years or older, who owns or rents the home. If more than one person own or rents the home, the reference person is chosen from amongst them. If the respondent is unable to identify the home renter/owner, they are asked who is the head of the household, and that person is considered the reference person for the responding unit. Each MEPS family has only one reference person, and this variable is used to create a family-level file.

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This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1996-2021: All persons.


  • 1996-2021



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