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Data Watch: The Redesigned Current Population Survey

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  • Anne E. Polivka
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    The Current Population Survey (CPS), a national survey of 50,000 households, is a major source of information about the American labor market. In January 1994, the CPS underwent a major redesign both in the wording of the questionnaire and the methodology used to collect the data. This article reviews the motivation for the redesign, compares several key CPS estimates before and after the implementation of the new survey, and explains some of the new data collected in the redesigned CPS.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

    Volume (Year): 10 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Summer)
    Pages: 169-180

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:10:y:1996:i:3:p:169-80

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.10.3.169
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    2. Julie L. Hotchkiss & John C. Robertson, 2006. "Asymmetric labor force participation decisions over the business cycle: evidence from U.S. microdata," Working Paper 2006-08, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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    4. Ivan O. KITOV, 2008. "The Driving Force of Labor Force Participation in Developed Countries," Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova, vol. 3(3(5)_Fall), pages 203-222.
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    6. Larry M. Bartels & Henry E. Brady, 2003. "Economic Behavior in Political Context," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(2), pages 156-161, May.
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