For all persons in rounds 3 and 5, OUTFLAG is a flag that indicates the person's wage was flagged as an outlier but not edited. As reported in the MEPS 2020 Full Year Consolidated Data File documentation, AHRQ did not perform the typical wage outlier editing process in 2020. Wages are flagged as outliers when an individual reported a change in wage and when their new wage:
According to the 2020 MEPS Full Year Consolidated documentation, most outliers meeting the criteria listed above are due to keystroke or respondent error and were fixed to reflect the correct response. Because these edits were not made in the 2020 sample, OUTFLAG was used to identify the variables that would have been flagged for review and possible edits.
In addition to the 4 cases listed above, there are also 2 additional values that describe a combination of the 4 cases:
OUTFLAG corresponds to the following variables:
- WAGEHRRD, hourly wage for current main job, round record
- WAGEDIFFRD, wages different than last relevant round, round record
- WAGENEWRD, updated hourly wage at current main job, round record
Codes and Frequencies
- 2020: All persons.
- 2020 : PERWEIGHT