Techniques to Better Measure Income

Friday, October 30, 2015

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has produced a study assessing the consequences of underreporting of transfer programs for analyses of low-income populations using the Current Population Survey (CPS). The authors of this NBER Working Paper, "Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness and Holes in the Safety Net," link administrative data for food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance, and subsidized housing from New York State to the CPS at the individual level and discover significant differences between administrative data and survey results.