David Passmore

Late Career Tenured Researcher, Pennsylvania State University

1 active project

Employment Validation

The purpose of this research will be to compare aggregations of All of Us participants' self-reports of employment status by various demographic factors with similar distributions available through the U.S. government sources such as the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS)…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The purpose of this research will be to compare aggregations of All of Us participants' self-reports of employment status by various demographic factors with similar distributions available through the U.S. government sources such as the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) and the periodic American Community Survey (ACS). Employment status is a key basic indicator in the All of Us Research Program that is likely to be studied as either a precursor or an outcome of many All of Us indicators of overall health, lifestyle, personal and family medical history, health care access and utilization, and involvement with COVID-19. It is important to assess the comparability of All of Us data estimates with major benchmarks in U.S. social and economic data.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Methods Development

Scientific Approaches

In the All of Us "Basics" survey of demographic information as well as in a survey of experiences and health during the time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, all participants are asked to report whether they are employed for wages (part- time or full-time) or self-employed. In the so-called "U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) protocol" used in many government and non-government statistical programs for allocation of the labor force status of the population, people are employed only if they report holding a job with an employer or through self-employment for pay for at least one hour per week or for 15 or more hours without pay in a family-owned farm or business. Although All of Us surveys and surveys that use the BLS protocol reporting of employment and self-employment data collection protocols differ, how these survey processes and their outcomes differ by major indicators of sex, race, ethnicity, age, and time period of measurement is not known.

Anticipated Findings

In this study, I will compare the similarities and differences in the employment-population ratio (a standard and common labor force metric applied in the U.S) calculated through All of Us participant data and in tabulations calculated from public data collected in CPS and ACS surveys. This comparison is prerequisite to any subsequent use I might propose for All of Us participant data.

Demographic Categories of Interest

This study will not center on underrepresented populations.

Research Team

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  • David Passmore - Late Career Tenured Researcher, Pennsylvania State University
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