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Bias In Food Stamps Participation Estimates In The Presence Of Misreporting Error

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This paper focuses on how survey misreporting of food stamp receipt can bias demographic estimation of program participation. Food stamps is a federally funded program which subsidizes the nutrition of low-income households. In order to improve the reach of this program, studies on how program participation varies by demographic groups have been conducted using census data. Census data are subject to a lot of misreporting error, both underreporting and over-reporting, which can bias the estimates. The impact of misreporting error on estimate bias is examined by calculating food stamp participation rates, misreporting rates, and bias for select household characteristics (covariates).

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  • Cathleen Li, 2013. "Bias In Food Stamps Participation Estimates In The Presence Of Misreporting Error," Working Papers 13-13, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
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    1. Dean Jolliffe & Craig Gundersen & Laura Tiehen & Joshua Winicki, 2005. "Food Stamp Benefits and Child Poverty," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 87(3), pages 569-581.
    2. Bruce D. Meyer & Wallace K. C. Mok & James X. Sullivan, 2009. "The Under-Reporting of Transfers in Household Surveys: Its Nature and Consequences," Working Papers 0903, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
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