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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
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Title: Errors in Reporting and Imputation of Government Benefits and Their Implications
Author(s): Nikolas Mittag* and Pablo Celhay and Bruce MEYER
Companies: and School of Government, P. Universidad Católica de Chile and University of Chicago
Keywords: survey error ; misreporting ; non-response ; imputation ; government transfers

We document the extent and nature of survey errors for program receipt and amounts for two transfer programs in three household surveys linked to New York State administrative cash welfare and SNAP program data. We focus on two sources of survey errors: misreporting as well as item non-response, examining the implication of these two sources of errors for estimates of the determinants of program receipt and other statistics of interest. We do this for three surveys, the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS), and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

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