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Validation Study of Earnings Data in the SIPP – Do Older Workers Have Larger Measurement Error?


  • Peter T. Gottschalk
  • Minh Huynh


The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is a potentially useful data set to study earnings and retirement dynamics of older workers. Respondents’ self-reported work and earnings in the SIPP are, however, likely to be measured with error, and this measurement error may be particularly large for older respondents who work non-standard hours. We explore the extent of measurement error by comparing SIPP employment and earnings data to administrative records contained in the matched Detail Earning Record.

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  • Peter T. Gottschalk & Minh Huynh, 2005. "Validation Study of Earnings Data in the SIPP – Do Older Workers Have Larger Measurement Error?," Working Papers, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College wp2005-7, Center for Retirement Research, revised May 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:crr:crrwps:wp2005-7

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