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Replication data for: Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness, and Holes in the Safety Net

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V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Meyer, Bruce D.
  • Mittag, Nikolas
Publication Date
2019-04-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We examine the consequences of survey underreporting of transfer programs for prototypical analyses of low-income populations. We link administrative data for four transfer programs to the CPS to correct its severe understatement of transfer dollars received. Using survey data sharply understates the income of poor households, distorts our understanding of program targeting, and greatly understates the effects of anti-poverty programs. Using the combined data, the poverty-reducing effect of all programs together is nearly doubled. The effect of housing assistance is tripled. Correcting survey error often reduces the share of single mothers falling through the safety net by one-half or more.
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.20170478 (Text)
Publications
  • Meyer, Bruce D., and Nikolas Mittag. “Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness, and Holes in the Safety Net.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 11, no. 2 (April 2019): 176–204. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20170478.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20170478 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Meyer, Bruce D.; Mittag, Nikolas (2019): Replication data for: Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data to Better Measure Income: Implications for Poverty, Program Effectiveness, and Holes in the Safety Net. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113731