Posted Date: October 15, 2021
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Happy Autumn!

The AHS codebook was successfully released on September 28, 2021. Notable changes were made to:

  • the variable numbering methodology, and
  • a correction to the 2017 response codes for DBUTBILL. The response codes for values of 1 and 2 were switched. See below for the changes to DBUTBILL's response codes:

RevisedOld
Topic DelinquencyTopic Delinquency
Subtopic UtilitiesSubtopic Utilities
Availability PUFAvailability PUF
DescriptionDescription
Received utility shut-off noticeReceived utility shut-off notice
Table NameTable Name
HOUSEHOLDHOUSEHOLD
TypeType
CharacterCharacter
Edit Flag VariableEdit Flag Variable
JDBUTBILLJDBUTBILL
Imputation StrategyImputation Strategy
Coming soonComing soon
Response CodesResponse Codes
1: Received notice, utilities shut off1: Received notice, utilities not shut off
2: Received notice, utilities not shut off2: Received notice, utilities shut off
3: Received notice, shut-off not reported3: Received notice, shut-off not reported
4: No notice4: No notice
M or -9: Not reportedM or -9: Not reported
N or -6: Not applicableN or -6: Not applicable
Question TextQuestion Text
See User NotesSee User Notes
Instrument Variable Name(s)Instrument Variable Name(s)
See User NotesSee User Notes
DisclosureDisclosure
NoneNone
Conditions in UniverseConditions in Universe
INTSTATUS = '1'INTSTATUS = '1'
User NotesUser Notes
DBUTBILL is determined using DBILLPAY (Now I have some questions about your utility bills. By utilities, I mean electricity, gas, fuel oil, or other fuels, water, sewage, and trash collection. In the last 3 months, have you received a notice that any of your utilities would be shut off due to lack of payment?) and DBUTSHUTOFF (In the past 3 months, have you had any of your utilities shut off due to lack of payment?). The 2013 PUF has this variable, but with different response codes. DBUTBILL is determined using DBILLPAY (Now I have some questions about your utility bills. By utilities, I mean electricity, gas, fuel oil, or other fuels, water, sewage, and trash collection. In the last 3 months, have you received a notice that any of your utilities would be shut off due to lack of payment?) and DBUTSHUTOFF (In the past 3 months, have you had any of your utilities shut off due to lack of payment?). The 2013 PUF has this variable, but with different response codes.

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