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Consumption Symposium: Broadening Our Understanding of Household Consumption and Measurement, September 22-23, 2021

How CBO Adjusts for Underreporting of Means-Tested Transfers in its Distributional Analyses (PDF)

Bilal Habib - Congressional Budget Office -

CBO's analyses of the distribution of household income rely on the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) for information about receipt of government transfers, particularly means-tested transfers. CPS respondents underreport their receipt of those transfers, and that underreporting has increased over the past few decades. This presentation shows how CBO adjusts for the underreporting of means-tested transfers in its distributional analyses.


Last Modified Date: November 10, 2021