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For all persons, PANELYR reports the year that the person started to participate in the MEPS Household Component interviews. PANELYR is identical to YEAR if the person is in their first year of MEPS participation ("relative year 1," captured in RELYR), or the year previous to the one recorded in YEAR if the person is in relative year 2 of the MEPS PANEL. For more information on the relationship between relative year, calendar year, panel, and round data, please see the IPUMS MEPS Panel Design Documentation.

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  • 1996-2019: All persons.


  • 1996-2019


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