Public-Use vs. Restricted-Use: An Analysis Using the American Community Survey

14 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2017  

Satkartar K. Kinney

RTI International

Alan Karr

RTI International

Date Written: February 1, 2017

Abstract

Statistical agencies frequently publish microdata that have been altered to protect confidentiality. Such data retain utility for many types of broad analyses but can yield biased or insufficiently precise results in others. Research access to de-identified versions of the restricted-use data with little or no alteration is often possible, albeit costly and time-consuming. We investigate the advantages and disadvantages of public-use and restricted-use data from the American Community Survey (ACS) in constructing a wage index. The public-use data used were Public Use Microdata Samples, while the restricted-use data were accessed via a Federal Statistical Research Data Center. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each data source and compare estimated CWIs and standard errors at the state and labor market levels.

Suggested Citation

Kinney, Satkartar K. and Karr, Alan, Public-Use vs. Restricted-Use: An Analysis Using the American Community Survey (February 1, 2017). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-17-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2909935 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2909935

Satkartar K. Kinney (Contact Author)

RTI International ( email )

PO Box 12194
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Alan Karr

RTI International ( email )

PO Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, 27709
United States

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