What is the CPS?

The CPS is the Current Population Survey (CPS). This survey is administered by the Census and is one of the most widely used surveys in social science, particularly economics. A paper by Pascale et al. (2015) provides an overview of the survey and its quesitons related to health insurance: The CPS is a monthly labor…

Public Employee Health Insurance Data Sources

What data sources are available to measure active and retired public employees health insurance?  A study by Morrill (2014) outline several data sources that identify federal, state, and local government employees to answer this question.  The following tables are excepted from her article. Sources: Melinda Sandler Morrill. Active and retired public employees’ health insurance: Potential data sources.…

CPS updates its health insurance question

The Current Population Survey (CPS), a large monthly survey administered by the Census Bureau, is not only designed to measure labor force participation and employment, but is also used to measure health insurance coverage.  Health insurance coverage information is  collected once each year through the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), which is administered February through April.  However,…

Useful Data Files for Simulation Modelling

In recent years, researchers have created a number of complex simulation models to estimate future trends and the impacts of policy changes.  Some of the more prominant models include: RAND Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts (COMPARE) CBO’s Health Insurance Simulation Model (HISim) Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Reform Simulation Model (HIRSM), Future Elderly Model (FEM) These…

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ)  Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a family of databases and tools intended to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the U.S.   health care system.  HCUP results from Federal-State-Industry partnership to build a comprehensive all payer data system.  A summary of the databases available from…

What happened to the Census?

The year 2010 marks the last for the decennial Census.  Although you might miss the ad campaigns every 10 years, the Census hasn’t really disappeared completely.  Instead, it’s being replaced by the American Community Survey (ACS).  Although the goals of the ACS are similar to those of the Census, its approach is very different.  Rather…

CPS undercounts Medicaid Enrollees

Survey estimates of Medicaid enrollment are 43 percent lower than raw Medicaid program enrollment counts.  Why is this the case?  Roebuck and Liberman (HSR 2009) find that many people are not reporting that they have Medicaid coverage.  “43 percent of Medicaid enrollees answering the CPS as though they were not enrolled and 17 percent reported…

Limitations of the “Science” of Economics

From Nobel Prize winner Friedrich A. Hayek’s “Pretence of Knowledge” Speech. “Unlike the position that exists in the physical sciences, in economics and other disciplines that deal with essentially complex phenomena, the aspects of the events to be accounted for about which we can get quantitative data are necessarily limited and may not include the important…