Effects of Methodological Change in the Current Population Survey

Cathryn S. Dippo, Anne E. Polivka, and Donna Kostanich


In January 1994, a new measurement system was introduced into the Current Population Survey (CPS). The introduction of a new questionnaire and data collection procedures was the result of a research and development process that began in 1986. Two important goals of the redesign were to improve data quality and to increase the availability of information on labor market activity on a monthly basis.