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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2017-25
Ashley Edwards
Component ID: #ti597910737

Unlike other household surveys such as the American Community Survey (ACS) and Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the CPS ASEC currently treats survey respondents who report being in a same-sex marriage as same-sex unmarried partners.

This distinction has important implications for the calculation of poverty rates. Given that the CPS ASEC is the official source of national poverty statistics, researchers at the Census Bureau are working to educate policy makers, researchers, and the general public about how proposed changes to the 2018 CPS ASEC (producing estimates for calendar year 2017) will affect poverty measures.

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