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Housing Allowance Demand Experiment Income Reporting and Verification in the Housing Allowance Demand Experiment

Release Date: 
June 1980 (261 Pages)
Posted Date:   
February 2, 2012

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This report analyzes the extent to which participants in the Housing Allowance Demand Experiment accurately reported their income. Reporting errors were defined by comparing income amounts reported by participants with those reported by the participant's reported sources of income, such as employers, public agencies, and pension plans.

Discrepancies between income amounts reported by households and those reported by employers or public agencies are analyzed, and the impact of these discrepancies on payments is discussed. The relationship between reporting error and experimental and demographic variables is examined to determine whether households receiving income-conditioned payments tended to underreport income more than other households and whether some demographic groups were less accurate in their reporting than others. The administrative feasibility of third-party income verification is discussed. Finally, the report indicates a number of areas for possible future research.

This report is part of the collection of scanned historical documents available to the public.