For all persons, INCCASH reports the total cash contributions received from people not living in the household during the current calendar year. Using the reported income information, annual income amounts were then edited and imputed for every record on the full-year file. Please refer to the IPUMS user note on Income Data in MEPS for more information on the collection, editing (including top- and bottom-coding), and imputation of income variables in MEPS, as well as changes to the target population for income data collection over time. Users may also be interested in the data quality flag, QINCCASH, which reports the editing methods used for INCCASH.
If respondents needed more information about what kinds of income to report as regular cash contribution income, they were provided with the additional definitions:
"REGULAR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS
Include periodic payments from non-household members. Gifts or sporadic assistance from persons outside the household are not included.
The household is all of the family members who are currently living in the RU being interviewed."
Users may wish to note that IPUMS defines the universe for this variable as all persons because of the family-style question associated with this income source. Family-style questions ask the family respondent if anyone in the family received income from this source. In addition to the opportunity to report regular cash income via the family-style question, all persons in the household were eligible to list additional income from "other" sources, which includes income from sources previously asked about in the survey.
INCCASH is an 8-digit numeric variable with 2 implied decimals. That is, a value of 01234567 should be interpreted as 12345.67. The command files delivered with IPUMS extracts automatically divide INCCASH by 100, so no further adjustment is needed.
999999.96: Not in Universe
999999.98: Unknown-not ascertained
999999.99: Unknown-don't know
For more information on how income data were collected by MEPS and changes to the imputation methods for these questions over time, please see the IPUMS user note on Income Data in MEPS.
Beginning to 1999, persons could only report income in full dollar amounts. Prior to 1999, persons could report income in dollars and cents.
- 1996-2019: All persons.
- 1996-2019 : PERWEIGHT