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SPAGE
Age (spouse or partner)

Codes

SPAGE is a 3-digit numeric variable reporting the age in years of the respondent's spouse or unmarried partner. This variable ranges between 0-85 with the exception of 81-84 (see top codes).

996 = Refused
997 = Don't know
998 = Blank
999 = NIU (Not in universe)

Top codes:

2003-2004: 80 years.
2005+: 85 years. Persons aged 80-84 are assigned a code of 80 and persons age 85+ are assigned a code of 85.

Description

SPAGE reports the age in years of the respondent's spouse or unmarried partner.

An individual's age is reported as of his/her last birthday.

Some ages reported are too young for marriage. Users will need to decide what to do with the illogical values.

Comparability

Apart from differences in topcodes, this variable is fully comparable across years.

Universe

  • ATUS respondents with a spouse or unmarried partner in the household.

Availability

  • 2003-2019

Flags

This variable has no flags.