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Self-Administered Questionnaire weight


SAQWEIGHT is an IPUMS MEPS-constructed variable based on the Final SAQ Weight in the original MEPS annual full-year consolidated files. This weight should be used for many cross-sectional analyses at the person level, particularly with variables for which information was collected about persons selected for the Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ) (see SAQELIG for the person's SAQ eligibility status). For each year, the sum of these weights is equal to that year's civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population aged 18 and older. SAQWEIGHT adjusts for SAQ non-response.

Users should review the documentation for extracted variables--most notably the "Weights" section toward the top of each variable description--to ascertain which weight is the appropriate choice for a given survey year.

See the User Notes on the use of sampling weights for additional information.


SAQWEIGHT is a 12-digit numeric variable with 6 implied decimal places.


This variable is comparable for all years, with the stipulation that each year's SAQWEIGHT values are adjusted for contemporaneous Current Population Survey population estimates.


  • 2000-2018: Persons with SAQ data.


  • 2000-2018



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