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Exploring Differences in Employment between Household and Establishment Data

Katharine Abraham (), John Haltiwanger, Kristin Sandusky and James Spletzer ()

No 14805, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Using a large data set that links individual Current Population Survey (CPS) records to employer-reported administrative data, we document substantial discrepancies in basic measures of employment status that persist even after controlling for known definitional differences between the two data sources. We hypothesize that reporting discrepancies should be most prevalent for marginal workers and marginal jobs, and find systematic associations between the incidence of reporting discrepancies and observable person and job characteristics that are consistent with this hypothesis. The paper discusses the implications of the reported findings for both micro and macro labor market analysis.

JEL-codes: C80 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-03
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Published as Katharine G. Abraham & John Haltiwanger & Kristin Sandusky & James R. Spletzer, 2013. "Exploring Differences in Employment between Household and Establishment Data," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 31(S1), pages S129 - S172.

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