For all persons, INCPROP reports all income received from the sale of property or other assets, including the sale of their home, if it is taxable, during the current calendar year. Using the reported income information, annual income amounts were then edited and imputed for every record on the full-year file. Please refer to the IPUMS user note on Income Data in MEPS for more information on the collection, editing (including top- and bottom-coding), and imputation of income variables in MEPS, as well as changes to the target population for income data collection over time. Users may also be interested in the data quality flag, QINCPROP, which reports the editing methods used for INCPROP.
If respondents needed more information about how to report income from shared property, they were told: "If any money from a shared property or other asset, include only the amount that would be your portion."
Users may wish to note that, while IPUMS defines the universe for this variable as all persons, certain persons were explicitly targeted to answer questions about specific income sources. In addition to the target population of persons who were asked specifically about sales income, all persons in the household were eligible to list additional income from "other" sources, which includes income from sources previously asked about in the survey (such as sales income). It is unclear if sales income reported as an "other" income source is counted in sales income or "other" income. Because all persons could technically report sales income via the "other" income questionnaire item, IPUMS staff report the universe for INCPROP as being "All Persons." Users may also wish to note that in the original public use MEPS data files, no income variables have cases explicitly coded as out of universe; both persons who directly report earning zero dollars of income from a source and persons who are not explicitly asked about that income source have values of zero.
This is a 9-digit numeric variable with 2 implied decimal places.
ComparabilityNo information available.
- 1996-2016: All persons.
- 1996-2016 : PERWEIGHT