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[ PRELIMINARY VARIABLE: Variable description may change once we confirm the universe and assess the comparability of this variable over time. ]

For all persons, PANEL is a MEPS-constructed variable used to specify the panel number for the person. MEPS began in 1996 with panel number 1 and the panel number for persons entering the MEPS in each subsequent year increases by 1, so that 1997 had panels 1 and 2, 1998 had panels 2 and 3, 1999 had panels 3 and 4, and so on. PANEL can be combined with DUID and PID to uniquely identify individuals across panels. IPUMS MEPS offers the constructed variable MEPSID that is equal to the concatenated values of PANEL, DUID, and PID.


This is a 2-digit numeric variable.


The comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.


The universe for this variable has not yet been confirmed.


  • 1996-2016


  • No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to Description for more information.


This variable has no flags.