NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

A Note on Longitudinally Matching Current Population Survey (CPS) Respondents

Brigitte C. Madrian, Lars John Lefgren

NBER Technical Working Paper No. 247
Issued in November 1999
NBER Program(s):   TWP

In this paper, we propose an approach for evaluating the trade-offs inherent in different approaches used to match Current Population Survey (CPS) respondents across various CPS surveys. Because there is some measurement error in both the variables used to identify individuals over time and in the characteristics of individuals at any point in time, any procedure used to match CPS respondents has the possibility of both generating incorrect matches and failing to generate potentially valid matches. We propose using the information contained in the variable on whether an individual lived in the same house on March 1 of the previous year as a way to gauge these trade-offs. We find that as measured by reported residence one year ago, increasing the fraction of 'invalid' merges that are rejected usually comes at a cost of decreasing the fraction of 'valid' merges that are retained. However, there are clearly some approaches that are superior to others in the sense that they result in both a higher fraction of 'invalid' merges being rejected and a higher fraction of 'valid' merges being retained.

The programs to implement CPS matching across years in this paper are

available .

download in pdf format
   (308 K)

email paper

This paper is available as PDF (308 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Published: Madrian, Brigitte C. and Lars John Lefgren. "An Approach To Longitudinally Matching Population Survey (CPS) Respondents," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 2000, v26(1), 31-62.

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Goodman and Sharpe w0247 Perspective on Bank Capital Adequacy: Time-Series Analysis
Kelly The Creation of Longitudinal Data From Cross-Section Surveys: An Illustration from the Current Population Survey
Neumark and Kawaguchi w8663 Attrition Bias in Economic Relationships Estimated with Matched CPS Files
Burkhauser, Feng, Jenkins, and Larrimore w14247 Estimating Trends in US Income Inequality Using the Current Population Survey: The Importance of Controlling for Censoring
Abowd, Stephens, Vilhuber, Andersson, McKinney, Roemer, and Woodcock The LEHD Infrastructure Files and the Creation of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us