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Estimating trends in US income inequality using the Current Population Survey: the importance of controlling for censoring

Burkhauser, Richard V., Feng, Shuaizhang, Jenkins, Stephen P. and Larrimore, Jeff (2010) Estimating trends in US income inequality using the Current Population Survey: the importance of controlling for censoring. The Journal of Economic Inequality, Online . ISSN 1569-1721

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Abstract

We analyze trends in US size-adjusted household income inequality between 1975 and 2004 using the most commonly used data source—the public use version of the March Current Population Survey. But, unlike most researchers, we also give substantial attention to the problems caused by the topcoding of each income source in the CPS data. Exploiting our access to Census Bureau internal CPS data, we examine estimates from data incorporating imputations for topcoded incomes derived from cell means and estimates from data multiply-imputed from parametric distribution models. Our analysis yields robust conclusions about inequality trends. The upward trend in US income inequality that began in the mid-1970s and increased in the 1980s slowed markedly after 1993.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/growth/journal/1...
Additional Information: © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 10:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31998/

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