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Activity Number: 286
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #306900
Title: What About the NonMatches?
Author(s): Joan Lee Turek*+ and Kendall Swenson and Fritz Scheuren and Daniel Lee
Companies: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and NORC and NORC
Address: PO Box 99, Harwood, MD, 20776,
Keywords: Matching ; Imputation ; Earnings ; Methodology ; Administrative records ; ASEC/DER

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services has supported a Census Bureau match of the 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), Current Population Survey to the Social Security Administration's 2005 Detailed Earnings Records (DER). The purpose of this match is to examine how imputation affects estimates of earnings, wages and self employment income. Overall, 84.9 % of all records for persons 15 and over with earnings on the ASEC were matched to a DER record. In addition, tabulations are also available for selected demographic groups considered of policy importance. The same information has been developed for those who did not match. This presentation will compare those who matched with the 15.1% who did not match. It will examine whether the matched data can be viewed as representative of the population, with or without a post-stratification adjustment. Our results show that lower earnings persons failed to match more than higher earnings persons. While distributional differences exist depending on the demographic group examined, the patterns appear to be quite regular, interpretable and only of modest complexity. Selection bias exists in all survey settings, including here. Nothing we found suggests that it is serious.

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