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Estimating Trends in US Income Inequality Using the Current Population Survey: The Importance of Controlling for Censoring

Richard V. Burkhauser, Shuaizhang Feng, Stephen P. Jenkins, Jeff Larrimore

NBER Working Paper No. 14247
Issued in August 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

The research in this paper was conducted while Burkhauser, Feng and Larrimore were Special Sworn Status researchers of the U.S. Census Bureau at the New York Census Research Data Center at Cornell University. Conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Census Bureau. This paper has been screened to ensure that no confidential data are disclosed. Supports for this research from the National Science Foundation (award nos. SES-0427889 SES-0322902, and SES-0339191) and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133B040013 and H133B031111) are cordially acknowledged. Jenkins's research was supported by core funding from the University of Essex and the UK Economic and Social Research Council for the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change and the United Kingdom Longitudinal Studies Centre. We thank Lisa Marie Dragoset, Arnie Reznek, Laura Zayatz, the Cornell Census RDC Administrators, and all their U.S. Census Bureau colleagues who have helped with this project. This paper has also benefited from comments made by Peter Gottschalk, Bruce Meyer, and other participants at the Empirical Economics Workshop of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, May 2008. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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