National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987: Household Survey, Jobs File and Link to Employment-Related Insurance Coverage [Research File 34r] (ICPSR 6474)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) series provides information on health expenditures by or on behalf of families and individuals, the financing of these expenditures, and each person's use of services. The Household Survey was fielded over four rounds of personal and telephone interviews at four-month intervals. Baseline data on household composition, employment, and insurance characteristics were updated each quarter, and information on all uses of and expenditures for health care services and sources of payment was obtained. Research File 34R contains original edited and constructed variables related to the employment section of the NMES Household Survey. Variables cover original dwelling unit, person number, round when job was first reported, job number, employment status (self-employed vs. wage earner), hours worked during week, days worked during week, wages before deductions, sick time available, labor union membership, number of employees at place of employment, and industry and occupation codes.

Series: National Medical Expenditure Survey Series

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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, JOBS FILE AND LINK TO EMPLOYMENT-RELATED INSURANCE COVERAGE [RESEARCH FILE 34R]. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    employment, health care costs, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, household composition, insurance coverage, medical care, occupations, payment methods, wages and salaries, union membership, working hours

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized civilian population of the United States who reported employment at some point during 1987.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

NMES research files are intended for users who are familiar with NMES public use tapes and have experience analyzing complex survey data. This data file has not been subjected to the same level of editing and quality control as the NMES public use tapes. The data on this file should be analyzed and interpreted with care. This data file can be linked to the data on NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS AND PERSON-LEVEL UTILIZATION ROUNDS 1-4 [PUBLIC USE TAPE 13] (ICPSR 9695) and to policyholders in the employment-related and other insurance files on NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: POLICYHOLDERS OF PRIVATE INSURANCE: PREMIUMS, PAYMENT SOURCES, AND TYPES AND SOURCE OF COVERAGE [PUBLIC USE TAPE 15] (ICPSR 9901), NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS SURVEY DATA, PRIVATE INSURANCE BENEFIT DATABASE AND LINKAGES TO HOUSEHOLD SURVEY POLICYHOLDERS [PUBLIC USE TAPE 16] (ICPSR 6168), and NATIONAL MEDICAL EXPENDITURE SURVEY, 1987: HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS SURVEY DATA, PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE OF HOUSEHOLD SURVEY POLICYHOLDERS AND DEPENDENTS [PUBLIC USE TAPE 24] (ICPSR 6371).


Sample:    The Household Survey sample is a stratified multistage area probability design with a total sample of roughly 35,000 individuals in 14,000 households who completed all rounds of data collection. Oversampling of population subgroups of special policy interest was based on a separate screening interview conducted in the fall of 1986 with a sample of 36,000 addresses. The special policy interest groups include poor and low-income families, the elderly, the functionally impaired, and Black and Hispanic minorities.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-06-05

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