Grants for Research Using 2004 SIPP Panel


The U.S. Census Bureau is re-engineering the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to accomplish several goals, including reducing program costs, improving accuracy, improving timeliness and accessibility, and improving research and policy relevance.

For the past two decades, the SIPP has been the leading source of data on the economic well-being of Americans. A major use of the SIPP has been to evaluate the use of and eligibility for government programs and to analyze the impacts of options for modifying them. The SIPP collects detailed information on cash and non-cash income (including participation in government transfer programs) three times a year, and detailed data on taxes, assets, and liabilities are collected annually. The Census Bureau is committed to improving the SIPP, and one of the major goals of this grant program is to support research that will inform the Census Bureau in this effort. All of the funded projects use data from the 2004 SIPP Panel.

The main objective of the SIPP has been to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households. The survey's mission is to provide a nationally representative sample for evaluating: 1) annual and sub-annual income dynamics, 2) movements into and out of government transfer programs, 3) family and social context of individuals and households, and 4) interactions among these items.

Funded Research

Annual vs. Monthly Self-Reports of Health Insurance Coverage: Implications for Estimates of the Efficacy of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Thomas Buchmueller, University of Michigan, and Lara Shore-Sheppard, Williams College.

Job Lock and the Role of Public Health Insurance During Employment Transition. Sarah Hamersma, University of Florida, and Matthew Kim, University of St. Thomas.

Potential beneficial Financial Effects of Medicaid/SCHIP Crowd-Out for Low-Income Families. Colleen Grogan, University of Chicago, Harold Pollack, University of Chicago, and Luke Shaefer, University of Chicago.

Did UIFSA close the 'Black Hole' of Interstate Enforcement? Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Yunhee Chang, The University of Mississippi, and Elizabeth Powers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Time Limits: The Effects on Welfare Use and Other Consumption-Smoothing Mechanisms. Francesca Mazzolari, University of California - Irvine, and Giuseppe Ragusa, University of California – Irvine.

Funds for this competition are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division.

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