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Project Citation: 

Bick, Alexander, Blandin, Adam, and Mertens, Karel. Real-Time Population Survey. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-01-14.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary The Real-Time Population Survey (RPS) is a national labor market survey of US adults aged 18-64 following the core questionnaire of the Current Population Survey (CPS), supplemented with additional questions (e.g., about commuting behavior and employer tenure). Separate waves of the survey were conducted each month between April 2020 and June 2021.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources Center for the Advanced Study in Economic Efficiency at Arizona State University; Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms labor market status; unemployment; commuting (travel); job tenure; full-time employment; part-time employment; employment; hours; working hours; layoff; job change; job loss
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage United States of America
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 4/2020 – 6/2021
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 4/2020 – 6/2021
Universe:  View help for Universe Age group 18-64
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data


Sampling:  View help for Sampling
The RPS derives its sample from an online panel provided by Qualtrics.

The sample was targeted to be nationally representative for the U.S. for the age group 18-64 along several broad demographic characteristics: gender, age, race and ethnicity, education, marital status, number of children in the household, Census region, and household income in 2019. 

The targets were based on the following categories: Age: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64; Race and ethnicity: non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic, other; Education: high school or less, some college or associate degree, bachelor’s degree or more; Marital status: married or not; Number of children in the household: 0, 1, 2, 3 or more; Census region: Midwest, Northeast, South and West; Annual household income in 2019: <$50k, $50k-100k, >$100k.
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) web-based survey
Weights:  View help for Weights Sample weights were constructed using an iterative proportional fitting (raking) algorithm based on Deming and Stephan (1940) to match the distribution of initial targets, finer categories for some variables and interactions with sex. We provide two different sets of weights, which conditional on additional variables, for details and references see the readme file.

Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individuals and Couples
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit US States

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