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Child care costs in the redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP): A comparison to the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC)


This paper assesses child care cost estimates from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). The SIPP was redesigned for the 2014 panel, including changes to the child care questions. Compared to previous SIPP panels that asked separately about child care expenses for each source of child care for each child, the redesigned SIPP has just one question about total child care expenses across all types of care and for all children in the family, making it more comparable to CPS ASEC which also has a global question about total child care expenses. The authors find differences across the 2014 SIPP and CPS ASEC estimates that are wider than the differences Macartney and Laughlin found in their analysis of the 2010 CPS ASEC and 2004 SIPP panel referencing 2009. (author abstract)

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