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Correcting Employment Rates in the 2000 Decennial Census Using Information from the CPS-Census 2000


  • John Schmitt
  • Dean Baker


The decennial census for 2000 shows a much lower employment rate for U.S. adults than the Current Population Surveys (CPS) does. This paper corrects the data from the decennial census for reporting error and still finds a substantially lower employment rate, especially among young blacks and Hispanics, than in the CPS.

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  • John Schmitt & Dean Baker, 2005. "Correcting Employment Rates in the 2000 Decennial Census Using Information from the CPS-Census 2000," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2005-17, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2005-17

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    1. John Schmitt & Dean Baker, 2006. "Missing Inaction: Evidence of Undercounting of Non-Workers in the Current Population Survey," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2006-03, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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