WTVET is a 10-digit numeric variable with four implied decimal places. That is, values of 0012345600 should be interpreted as 1,234.56. The IPUMS command files automatically divide WTVET by 100, so no further adjustment is needed.
WTVET is a person-level weight that should be used in analyses of individual-level CPS data for members of the armed forces. This weight is controlled to estimates of veterans supplied by Veterans Affairs. Since the CPS relies on a complex stratified sampling scheme, it is essential to use one of the provided weighting variables.
Researchers should use WTFINL rather than WTVET when they wish to conduct person-level analyses of individual-level CPS data for civilians and WTSUPP for analyses of monthly supplement data. For veteran supplement data, WTSUPP values are identical to values for WTVET.
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