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Activity Number: 225 - Using Administrative Data to Improve Surveys
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 31, 2017 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Business and Economic Statistics Section
Abstract #322856 View Presentation
Title: Investigating the Use of Administrative Records Income Information in the Consumer Expenditure Survey
Author(s): Quentin Brummet* and Laura Erhard and Brett McBride and John Voorheis and Joshua Mitchell
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Census Bureau
Keywords: Administrative Records ; Measurement Error

We investigate the potential of applying administrative records income data to the Consumer Expenditure (CE) survey to address several concerns: informing about the measurement error properties of CE estimates, supplementing respondent-collected data, and estimating representativeness of the CE survey by income level. We focus specifically on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) administrative data from filings of Form W-2 and Form 1040 as an alternate source of data on wages, salary and income. Our analysis matches Consumer Expenditure Quarterly Interview Survey (CEQ) data from July 2013 through December 2014 to IRS 1040 data from the previous tax year (e.g. linking TY2013 data to January 2014 response data) in order to compare income data between the two sources. These results shed light on the measurement error properties of both survey and administrative records data sets. In addition, they can be used to assess current CE procedures of weighting to address survey non-response and of imputation to address item non-response.

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