Frequently Asked Questions

Getting started

New usersAccessing MEPS data

General information about the project

About MEPSFuture directionsComparing IPUMS MEPS files to MEPS public use filesAdding value through MEPS

Basic concepts

MicrodataWeightsUniverseMEPS variables not included in IPUMS MEPSCombining IPUMS MEPS data with other MEPS dataRecord identifiers

Data limitations and cautions to users

Major limitationsUser cautionsGetting help

Getting data

Obtaining dataData formatsExtract systemHow long does a data extract take?Sample selectionGetting original MEPS data