Codes and Frequencies
FSSPDLESC indicates how much less money the household could spend per week and still meet basic household food requirements. This question is asked of households that indicated they could spend less for food (FSSPDML).
FSSPDLESC is a categorical recode of the continuous FSSPDLES. In 2015, the continuous variable was discontinued from the public release data and a categorical variable was introduced. FSSPDLESC recodes all previous years to the 2015 coding scheme. FSSPDLES will no longer be updated for new samples.
This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.
With the exception of topcode changes and universe changes, this variable is comparable over available years. In 2011, a topcode of $175 (FSSPDLESC code 180) was introduced (prior to 2011 there was no topcode). In 2012, the topcode is $150 (FSSPDLESC code 150). In 2013 and 2014, the topcode is $200 (code 200). From 2010, group quarters households are not asked this question.
- 2000-2009: All supplement households who indicated they could spend less money and still meet food needs.
- Apr 2001: All supplement households who indicated they could spend less money and still meet food needs and that are in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.
- 2010-2017: All non-group quarters supplement households who indicated they could spend less money and still meet food needs.
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