The code list for the ACS lists dormitories as non-institutional group quarters, unlike jails and nursing homes, for example, which are institutional.
Are there any list/table of “institutional” GQs? This may help resolve this question. A broad definition of “institution” may be interpreted differently by different people.
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A question has come as to whether employed students living in dormitories are included in the 2006-10 CTPP JTW tables.
Researching the question, I found the following on p. 66 of the 2013 ACS Subject Definitions document, under the definition of employed persons (http://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/tech_docs/subject_definitions/2013_ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf):
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have employment status distributions that are different from the household population. All institutionalized people are placed in the “not in labor force category.” The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the employment status distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population. For example, in areas having a large state prison population, the employment rate would be expected to decrease because the base of the percentage, which now includes the population in correctional institutions, is larger.
I interpret this to mean that dorm residents, as noninstitutionalized group quarters residents, are included in CTPP statistics but want to confirm that my understanding is correct.
My follow up question concerns the 1990 and 2000 JTW tables. Were employed dormitory residents (ie, noninstitutionalized group quarters residents) included in those statistics? My recollection is that is not the case but I want to confirm that is correct.
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