Income Data for Policy Analysis: A Comparative Assessment of Eight Surveys. Tabulations Addressing Specific Consistency Issues

12/23/2008

Internal consistency emerged as an issue during our analysis of employment in MEPS, leading us to specify additional tabulations to examine this issue explicitly. Tabulations focused on work activity and reported earnings (MEPS and SIPP) and on reported receipt versus reported dollars of earned income (NHIS). We also examined consistency between total family income and the sum of personal earnings in the NHIS.

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