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Matching Survey Data with Administrative Records to Evaluate Reports of Same-Sex Married Couple Households

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Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2014-36


Since they are a relatively small population among all households, same-sex couple households are difficult to estimate accurately. In Census 2010, an issue affecting the measurement of same-sex couple households was discovered. Mismarks on the sex question by opposite-sex married couples led to inflated estimates of same-sex couple households, especially in the problematic nonresponse follow-up form (NRFU) of the questionnaire (O’Connell and Feliz 2011). This working paper follows up on that research and links American Community Survey (ACS) 2010 data and Census 2010 data with administrative records in order to have a closer look at the accuracy of reported sex in survey data by couple type.


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