Cross-Wave Social Security Weights

Product Details

1992, 1998, 2004: 1992 (n=12651); 1998 (n= 22,879); 2004 (n= 21,820); 2004-2016 (n=32,533)
Product Type
Social Security Administration (SSA) Data
Entry Cohort Info
HRS: Original R born 1931-1941; AHEAD: Original R born in 1923 or earlier; CODA (Children of Depression): Original R born 1924-1930; WB (War Baby): Original R born 1942-1947; EBB (Early Boomers): Original R born 1948-1953; MBB (Middle Boomers): Original R born 1954-1959; LBB (Late Boomers): Original R born 1960-1965
Latest Release March 2021 (v2.0)
Version Notes

The 1992, 1998, 2004 data set was previously released as public data; it is now only available as restricted.

It is not necessary to order this data set as a separate product; it is included with the Benefits, Summary Earnings, and Detail Earnings Respondent data sets.

Version 2.0 adds the 2004-2016 respondent level weights.

Documentation and Links

The Social Security Weights data is comprised of two sets of files as described below:

  1. 1992, 1998, 2004 Weights: three respondent-level, cross-sectional files, each containing one set of SS weights: 1992 (n=12651), 1998 (n=22879), and 2004 (n=21820). In this file, RwWTSSR is the respondent-level weight in various waves, where w is 1 for 1992, 4 for 1998, and 7 for 2004. RwWTSSH is the household-level weight and w follows the same numbering convention.

  2. 2004-2016 Weights: one file (SSWTGSJP_R) containing cross-wave weight information for 2004-2016 (n=32,533). The 2004 weights in this file replace the 2004 respondent-level weights distributed in prior versions of this product. The main difference between the old and new 2004 respondent weights is that the new weight includes more people with a positive weight because more respondents have now been linked. In the 2004-2016 file, two respondent weights are provided for each wave, one for respondents who have a SS linkage in that wave (SSWGTSw_CUR), and one for respondents who have ever had a SS linkage (SSWGTSw_EV). In this file, w is J for 2004, K for 2006, L for 2008, M for 2010, N for 2012, O for 2014, and P for 2016.