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A comparison of current and annual measures of income in the British Household Panel Survey

Böheim, René and Jenkins, Stephen P. (2006) A comparison of current and annual measures of income in the British Household Panel Survey. Journal of Official Statistics, 22 (4). pp. 733-758. ISSN 0282-423X

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Abstract

The measures of household income in UK household surveys refer to income received round about the time of the interview (“current income”). By contrast the measure of income in surveys for most other countries refers to annual income. The British Household Panel Survey provides a unique opportunity to compare estimates of Britain’s income distribution based upon both current and annual measures. This article compares the measures, shows that they provide remarkably similar estimates, and explains why. The results suggest that differences in income distributions between Britain and other nations do not arise because of the different survey measures of income.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.jos.nu/
Additional Information: © 2006 Statistics Sweden
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2011 10:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32058/

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