Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Reporting of Household Income: Complete versus Incomplete Response

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Reporting of Household Income: Complete versus Incomplete Response

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Thesia I. Gamer and Laura A. Blanciforti, "Reporting of Household Income: Complete Versus Incomplete Response," published in Bureau of the Census Third Annual Research Conference, March 29-April 1, 1987 Proceedings (Washington, Bureau of the Census, 1987). Another version of this paper was presented during the American Council on Consumer Interests 33rd Annual Conference, held April 1 -4, 1987, in Denver, Co.

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between particular socioeconomic characteristics and the probability that a consumer unit reports income information. This is in contrast to earlier income/earnings reporting studies in which individual characteristics are related to response probabilities. Income reporting is defined in terms of the completeness of income information obtained from consumer units. The distinction between a complete income reporter and an incomplete income reporter is based on whether the respondent provides values for various sources of income. Socioeconomic variables included in the model are the age, race, sex, education, and occupation of the reference person, and the housing tenure, degree of urbanization, and region of residence of the household. Binomial logit analysis is used to model the probability of income response completeness. Data from the Interview portion of the 1983 Consumer Expenditure Survey are analyzed. …

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