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How Does the Pandemic Affect Survey Response: Using Administrative Data to Evaluate Nonresponse in the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement

October 08, 2021
Written by: Jonathan Rothbaum

In its new report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau provides estimates of the distribution of household and personal income and poverty. We collected data for this report (and the accompanying microdata and summary tables) in February, March and April of 2020 as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic affected survey collection. Interviewing for the March portion of data collection began on March 15 (which comprises about 75% of the CPS ASEC sample). To protect the health and safety of Census Bureau staff and respondents, we suspended in-person interviewing and closed the two computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) centers just five days later. For the rest of March and April, we conducted all interviews by phone.  

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