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

  title={Estimating trends in US income inequality using the Current Population Survey: the importance of controlling for censoring},
  author={Richard V. Burkhauser and Shuaizhang Feng and Stephen P. Jenkins and Jeff Larrimore},
  journal={The Journal of Economic Inequality},
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… 
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