For all persons, PANELRD reports the number of the panel of which the participant was a member on the round record. 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 (the panel that entered in 1996, in their second year in 1997) and 2 (the panel newly entering MEPS in 1997), 1998 had Panels 2 and 3, 1999 had Panels 3 and 4, and so on. PANELRD can be combined with DUIDRD and PIDRD to uniquely identify individuals across panels on round records. IPUMS MEPS offers the constructed variable MEPSIDRD that is equal to the concatenated values of DUIDRD, PIDRD, and PANELRD.
For more information on the relationship between calendar year, panel, and round data, please see the IPUMS MEPS Panel Design Documentation.
Codes and Frequencies
ComparabilityThe comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.
- 1996-2016 : PERWEIGHT