Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Analytic Research
Small Grants Competition


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 panel data on the economic well-being of individuals and households in the United States. 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; detailed data on taxes, assets, and liabilities are collected annually.

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.

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.

We seek proposals for innovative research projects that go beyond extant knowledge of obtaining estimates from SIPP for sub-annual federal and state program participation and receipt amounts, using different recall periods and methods. 


Funded Research

Multiple-Father Fertility: Prevalence and Connection to the Criminal Justice System
Eirik Evenhouse and Siobhan Reilly, Mills College

Gaps in Health Coverage among Mexican Immigrant Children: How Much Does Legal Status Matter?
Deborah Roempke Graefe, Pennsylvania State University

Earning Profiles and Employment Trajectories as Outcomes and Precursors: Validating Analysis Based on SIPP Synthesized Beta Data
Lingxin Hao, Johns Hopkins University

Veteran Status, Disability, Poverty and Material Hardship
Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri, Andrew London, Syracuse University, and Janet M. Wilmoth, Syracuse University

Partially Identifying the Impact of Food Stamps on Food Insecurity among Children: Addressing Endogeneity and Misreporting Using the SIPP
Brent Kreider, Iowa State University, Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois, and John Pepper, University of Virginia

Divorce and Women's Risk of Health Insurance Loss
Bridget Lavelle, University of Michigan

The Effects of Parental Income on Children's Wellbeing and Future Success: An Analysis of the SIPP Matched to SSA Earnings Data
Bhashkar Mazumder, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Food Stamp and TANF Program Participation with Matched Administrative and SIPP Survey Data
Bruce D. Meyer, University of Chicago and NBER

Non-Enrollment by Children Eligible for Public Health Insurance
Karoline Mortensen, University of Maryland and Hanns Kuttner, Hudson Institute

The Effect of Long-Run Earnings Volatility on Static and Dynamic Health Insurance Coverage
Matthew S. Rutledge, University of Michigan

The Effects of Recessions on the Labor Market Earnings of Vulnerable Workers: A Longitudinal Analysis Using the SIPP Gold Standard Restricted-Use Data
H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan

WIC Participation by Children who Participate as Infants: The Roles of (Re-)Certification and Changes in Family Composition
Christopher A. Swann, University of North Carolina--Greensboro

The Effect of Unemployment on Family Composition, Doubling Up, and Well-Being
Emily Wiemers, University of Michigan

Trends in Economic Instability Across Household Surveys
Scott Winship, The Pew Charitable Trusts