Project: Food Stamp Program Eligibility and Participation: A Comparison of Census Surveys and Administrative Data
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $150,000.00
Institution: University of Chicago
Principal Investigator: Robert Goerge
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: Understanding the factors related to participation in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) is of perennial policy concern as economic, demographic, and policy environments change. This study matches the strengths of survey and administrative data to better understand those factors, to understand factors associated with underreporting of FSP participation in surveys, and to exemplify how the combination of these data sources can shed new light on FSP participation. Specifically, this study links administrative data from Maryland and Illinois with survey data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Community Survey (ACS). The data will be used to assess the quality of survey data reports of FSP participation by determining the level of agreement between the survey and administrative data and to model the probability that a surveyed individual will report FSP participation. The linked data will also be used to understand factors related to FSP participation among eligible individuals. Finally, the project examines whether the same conclusions would be reached if only survey data on FSP participation is used.
Topic: SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Dataset: Current Population Survey (CPS)
Meyer, B., and R. Goerge. Errors in Survey Reporting and Imputation and Their Effects on Estimates of Food Stamp Program Participation, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 72, December 2011.