Press Release Government Inequality Jobs US

Webinar Advisory: Survey Bias May Underestimate Unemployment, Particularly Among Young Black Men


April 01, 2021

Contact: Karen Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline


Journalists are invited to join a public online discussion of a new study showing how the high and rising non-response rate in the Current Population Survey (CPS) may underestimate unemployment for less advantaged workers, particularly young Black men.

The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) will hold a lively and timely presentation and discussion with a moderated 30 minute question and answer session:

Online (via Zoom) on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern. Register here.

The CPS is the underlying source of many official labor market statistics, as well as income and poverty measures, and health insurance coverage. INET’s Thomas Ferguson will moderate the discussion. CEPR economists Julie Yixia Cai and Dean Baker present findings from their study. Janelle Jones, chief economist at the Department of Labor, and William Spriggs, chief economist at the AFL-CIO and professor of economics at Howard University, will explore the impact of bias in the CPS, data equity, and its implications for US labor policy.

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