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Accession Number PB2013-108861
Title Initial Evaluation of Poverty in the SIPP-EHC.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 32p
Personal Author A. Edwards
Abstract In an effort to reduce costs and improve data quality in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the Census Bureau re-engineered the survey by implementing a longer retrospective reference period and adopting an Event History Calendar to facilitate respondent recall. This paper examines the impact of this new survey design, called SIPP-EHC, on measures of respondents income, poverty status, and poverty transitions within the reference period. Specifically, this analysis uses a limited sample of unedited data from the SIPP-EHC field tests covering calendar years 2009 and 2010 and a matched sample of edited data from the 2008 SIPP Panel in order to compare 1) income receipt, 2) average monthly poverty rates, 3) the number and length of poverty spells, and 4) the probability of exiting a poverty spell across SIPP and SIPP-EHC survey instruments for calendar years 2009 and 2010. This analysis is designed to compare the performance of the SIPP-EHC survey instrument to production SIPP in order to isolate differences in poverty rates so that they may be attributed to survey instrument assignment as opposed to sample design or variable construction.
Keywords Census
Event History Calendar(EHC)
Program evaluation
Survey of Income and Program Participation(SIPP)

Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1320
Contract Number N/A

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