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Garry Barrett

University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

E-Mail: garry.barrett@sydney.edu.au

NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2016Labor Supply Elasticities: Overcoming Nonclassical Measurement Error Using More Accurate Hours Data
with Daniel S. Hamermesh: w22920
We measure the impact of measurement error in labor-supply elasticities estimated over recalled usual work hours, as is ubiquitous in the literature. Employing hours of work in diaries collected by the American Time Use Survey, 2003-12, along with the same respondents’ recalled usual hours, we show that the latter yield elasticities that are positively biased. We argue that this bias arises from the salience on recalled hours of differences in wage rates.
July 2014A Comparison of Micro and Macro Expenditure Measures across Countries Using Differing Survey Methods
with Peter Levell, Kevin Milligan
in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Christopher D. Carroll, Thomas F. Crossley, and John Sabelhaus, editors
There are ongoing concerns about the reliability of household expenditure surveys in many countries. This chapter presents a comparative assessment of the performance of the household expenditure survey programs in Australia, Canada, the UK and US. We first assess the coverage of aggregate expenditure relative to national account benchmarks. It is found that the fall in response rates over time is predictive of changes in coverage rates within countries. Further, the growing concentration of income has been associated with an increasing concentration of expenditures which has not been captured well by the micro surveys. Turning to coverage rates for specific expenditure components, we find high and stable coverage of regularly purchased items, along with more volatile coverage of irregul...
October 2013A Comparison of Micro and Macro Expenditure Measures Across Countries Using Differing Survey Methods
with Peter Levell, Kevin Milligan: w19544
This paper presents a comparative assessment of the performance of the household expenditure survey programs in Australia, Canada, the UK and US. Cross-country and time series variation in survey methodology and experience is used to assess the role of factors influencing the performance of the household surveys. First, coverage of aggregate expenditure relative to national account is examined. Coverage rates are highest in Canada and the UK. Over the past three decades coverage remained fairly stable in Canada and Australia; in the UK and US coverage rates declined sharply. Survey response rates and top income shares are then considered in tandem with coverage rates. Falls in response rates are found to be predictive of changes in coverage rates. Further, the change in coverage rates o...

Published: A Comparison of Micro and Macro Expenditure Measures across Countries Using Differing Survey Methods, Garry Barrett, Peter Levell, Kevin Milligan. in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Expenditures, Carroll, Crossley, and Sabelhaus. 2015

 
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