The following documents changes in the variables in the CPS in the 1989-1993 files. Note that many of the changes are referencing official documentation from the Census or from the NBER. 

Added: none.

Dropped:

A-HGC (279) Item 18I – Grade Completed

A%HGC (469) Highest Grade Completed Allocation Flag

Change in Response Value Range & Descriptions:

A-HGA (277) Item 18H – Highest Grade Attended – change in possible values (1992, p. 26)

1989

1992

00 = None

31 = Less than 1st grade

01 = E1

32 = 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade

02 = E2

03 = E3

04 = E4

05 = E5

33 = 5th or 6th grade

06 = E6

07 = E7

34 = 7th or 8th grade

08 = E8

09 = H1

35 = 9th grade

10 = H2

36 = 10th grade

11 = H3

37 = 11th grade

12 = H4

38 = 12th grade – No diploma

39 = High school graduate - - High school diploma, or the equivalent (e.g., GED)

13 = C1

40 = Some college but no degree

14 = C2

41 = Associate degree in college - - Occupational / vocational program

15 = C3

42 = Associate degree in college - - Academic program

16 = C4

43 = Bachelor’s degree (e.g., BA, AB, BS)

17 = C5

44 = Master’s degree (e.g., MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSE, MBA)

18 = C6+

45 = Professional school degree (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, LLB, JD)

46 = Doctorate degree (e.g., PhD, EdD)

Children’s Record – no changes

Armed Forces Layout –

NBER => M-PFEARN Total Weekly Family Earnings (for members 16+) was dropped in 1992, but the 1992 NBER PDF has that variable on p. 64 (position 437)

NBER => M%HGC Highest Grade Completed Allocation Flag was dropped in 1992, but the 1992 NBER PDF \has that variable on page 65 (position 469).