Ziliak will investigate the declining response rates to earnings questions in the Current Population Survey (CPS) from 1998 to 2013. He will use an original dataset to link the CPS to the Social Security Administration’s Master Earning File in order to obtain the earnings information missing from the CPS. He will also assess how the drop in CPS responses affects our understanding of economic growth, the poverty rate, income inequality, and the effectiveness of the federal safety net.


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