For all persons, INCVET reports all income received from veteran's payments 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, QINCVET, which reports the editing methods used for INCVET.
If respondents needed more information about what kinds of income to report as veteran's income, they were provided with the additional guidance: "Veteran's payments include payments made periodically by the Department of Veterans Affairs to disabled members of the Armed Forces or to survivors of deceased veterans for education and on-the-job training, and means-tested assistance to veterans."
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 veteran's 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.
INCVET is an 8-digit numeric variable with 2 implied decimals.
99999996: Not in Universe
99999998: Unknown-not ascertained
99999999: 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.
- 1996-2016: All persons.
- 1996-2016 : PERWEIGHT