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December 2016The Hidden Resources of Women Working Longer: Evidence from Linked Survey-Administrative Data
with Joshua Mitchell: w22970
Despite women’s increased labor force attachment over the lifecycle, household surveys such as the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) do not show increases in retirement income (pensions, 401(k)s, IRAs) for women at older ages. We use linked survey-administrative data to demonstrate that retirement incomes are considerably underreported in the CPS ASEC and that women’s economic progress at older ages has been substantially understated over the last quarter century. Specifically, the CPS ASEC shows median household income for women age 65-69 rose 21 percent since the late 1980s, while the administrative records show an increase of 58 percent. Survey biases in women’s own incomes appear largest for women with the longest work histories. We also exploit...

Forthcoming: The Hidden Resources of Women Working Longer: Evidence from Linked Survey-Administrative Data, C. Adam Bee, Joshua Mitchell. in Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages, Goldin and Katz. 2017

August 2012The Validity of Consumption Data: Are the Consumer Expenditure Interview and Diary Surveys Informative?
with Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan: w18308
This paper examines the quality of data collected in the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey, which is the source for the Consumer Price Index weights and is the main source of U.S. consumption microdata. We compare reported spending on a large number of categories of goods and services to comparable national income account data. We do this separately for the two components of the CE--the Interview Survey and the Diary Survey--rather than a combination that has been used in past comparisons. We find that most of the largest categories of consumption are measured well in the Interview Survey as the ratio to the national account data is close to one and has not declined appreciably over time. Several other large categories are reported at a low rate or have seen the ratio to the national ac...

Published: The Validity of Consumption Data: Are the Consumer Expenditure Interview and Diary Surveys Informative?, Adam Bee, Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan. in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Carroll, Crossley, and Sabelhaus. 2015

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