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Activity Number: 87
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #304848
Title: Evaluation of Alternative Measures of Size for Sampling of Establishments in the National Compensation Survey
Author(s): Bradley Rhein*+ and Chester H Ponikowski and Joan Coleman
Companies: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20212, United States
Keywords: sampling frame ; establishment survey ; sample selection ; weight

The National Compensation Survey, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is an establishment survey sampled yearly from a national frame using probability proportionate to establishment employment size. The national frame is developed from administrative files maintained quarterly by the States for the Unemployment Insurance program. Each establishment on the frame is assigned a measure of employment size equal to the employment in the third month of the frame quarter. In 2010, approximately 15% of the establishments in the frame, which includes seasonal businesses, reported an employment of zero, an employment that must be adjusted to ensure that the establishment has a chance of selection. In the past, establishments with zero employment have been assigned an employment equal to one employee, with some cases resulting in large weights for the occupations selected from these compa

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