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). SAQWEIGHT adjusts for SAQ non-response. For each year, the sum of these weights is equal to that year's civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population aged 18 and older.
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.
SAQWEIGHT is a 12-digit numeric variable with 6 implied decimal places.
ComparabilityThe comparability of this variable over time has not yet been assessed.
- 2000-2016 : PERWEIGHT