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The Administrative Income Statistics (AIS) Project: Research on the Use of Administrative Records to Improve Income and Resource Estimates

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2019-36
Jonathan Rothbaum
Component ID: #ti1304263680

There has been considerable interest within the U.S. Census Bureau and in the research and policy communities in measurement error and mis-reporting of income on surveys. One possible avenue to correct for these issues is to use administrative data to replace or complement survey responses. However, combining survey and administrative data is not without its challenges. In this paper, we review the literature on how household survey estimates of various income statistics may be biased by issues such as mis-reporting and increasing non-response. We describe the administrative data currently available for research use at the U.S. Census Bureau and the data available to other federal agencies that we could potentially use in the future to improve income statistics. We detail the implementation opportunities and challenges to using administrative data. Finally, we outline our research agenda to address these challenges. 

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